Infection and antibiotic resistance

Infections that our bodies are good at fighting off on their own, like coughs, colds, sore throats and flu, should be treated without antibiotics most of the time - just get plenty of rest and keep well hydrated. However, antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections, such as sepsis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection (UTI), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and meningococcal meningitis. To learn more abut antibiotics, vaccinations and the spread of infection, click here.

Unfortunately, the overuse of antibiotics in recent years has meant that they are becoming less effective and has led to the emergence of "superbugs". These are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotic. Watch this video to learn more about antibiotic resistance.

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