Did you know that germs like bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, making it harder to fight an infection?
This World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November), the local NHS is continuing to fight to save this vital resource, with NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) encouraging local people to help keep antibiotics working.
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and those around you at risk, by encouraging harmful bacteria that live inside your body to become resistant; this is known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them, creating the possibility of a more severe or longer illness.
People in Birmingham and Solihull can also do their part to help reduce antibiotic resistance, by taking their doctor or nurse’s advice when it comes to using antibiotics.
Dr Will Taylor, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “It is important to understand how to look after yourself and your family when antibiotics aren’t needed, for example, asking your pharmacist for advice on alternative over-the-counter medicines.
“If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is crucial that you take the full course as directed by your GP or nurse. Antibiotics should never be shared with others, or saved for another time.”
More information on antibiotics awareness can be found on the NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG website.
You can pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian here.