Keep Antibiotics Working

  • It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections - that’s 13 people every day
  • Inappropriate use of antibiotics is causing a global epidemic of antibiotic resistance
  • One in four people in the North West has never heard of antibiotic resistance

We are working with Public Health England and Sefton Council to keep antibiotics working by only prescribing them when they are needed and reminding people that taking them regularly can lead to them not working at all.

We have spent a number of years reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in Sefton to ensure that only the patients who really need them are given them. 

Antibiotic resistant infections are caused by the unnecessary and inappropriate use of antibiotics, such as not taking them as prescribed or saving them for later use.

Antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections but don’t work for everyday viral infections such as cold and flu – pharmacists can provide advice on treating these illnesses. If you take antibiotics when you don’t need them, the dangerous bacteria inside you can become resistant to antibiotics. This means they are less likely to work for you when you really need them, such as for serious infections like pneumonia, urinary tract infections and meningococcal meningitis. You can also pass on antibiotic resistant bacteria to your loved ones.

For more information visit the NHS Choices website.

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