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Taking Antibiotics The Right Way

Taking Antibiotics The Right Way

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Medicare

June 14, 2021

Be prepared for the cold and flu season this year by learning the right way to take antibiotics. If you get a cold or flu, it is possible that antibiotics will do more harm than good. The reason being that flus and colds are viral infections, and antibiotics only fight bacterial infections. Every time you take an antibiotic it kills sensitive bacteria, but resistant germs survive and multiply. These resistant germs can cause severe infections, hospitalizations, and death. If you are 65 or older, these things are more likely to happen to you.

 

Here are some rules that you can follow to make sure that you are using antibiotics the right way:

 

  • Always talk to your doctor before taking an antibiotic to be sure it will treat the infection you have.
  • Take antibiotics only to treat bacterial infections. Make sure to take your antibiotic as long as your doctor recommends, this will reduce your possibility of getting the infection again and reduce the risk of others around you.
  • Never take antibiotics for a viral infection, like a cold, cough, or flu. Antibiotics do not cure these viruses, will not keep people around you from getting sick, and will not improve your well being either. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may actually increase your possibility of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later on.

 

Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold or flu, but you can keep yourself from getting major flu and viruses by getting a flu shot. Flu shots are free for people with Medicare once per flu season. 

 

Source: https://www.medicare.gov/

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