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Be AWARE of Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are important medications that really help when we need them.

Most infections are caused by two main kinds of germs, bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics only cure infections caused by bacteria; they have no effect against infections caused by viruses, like a cold or the flu. Taking antibiotics for a cold or the flu is unnecessary and expensive.

Taking antibiotics when they're not needed can be harmful.

It can also cause a serious problem; antibiotic resistance.

We all have a role to play in preventing antimicrobial resistance. Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, industry, policy makers and the general public can work together to promote appropriate antimicrobial use – ultimately saving lives.

boty with cold
Antibiotics have no effect against infections caused by viruses, like a cold, cough or the flu. Oregon AWARE's treatment guides can help relieve common virus symptoms.
healthcare providers
Oregon AWARE provides several tools for health care practitioners to assist them in the judicious use of antibiotics. Resources include treatment algorithms, topic relevant articles and materials to help educate patients.
Materials: High School Biology/Health Curriculum, Grades 4-6 - Antibiotics & You, Grades K-3 - Do Bugs Need Drugs?, Down with Super Bugs (lay audiences).
child care
Day care centers are a common place for viruses and bacterial infections. Oregon AWARE provides resources to childcare providers and parents to help combat antibiotic resistance.