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AS COLD AND FLU SEASON GETS INTO FULL SWING…THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS REMINDING THAT ANTIBIOTICS AREN’T ALWAYS THE ANSWER. 

 

WHEN YOU’RE SICK…THE FIRST INCLINATION IS OFTEN TO HEAD TO THE DOCTOR FOR ANTIBIOTICS. BUT PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR NIRAV SHAH SAYS IN MOST CASES…THAT’S WON’T HELP.

SHAH SAYS COLDS AND FLU ARE CAUSED BY VIRUSES THAT WON’T BE CURED WITH ANTIBIOTICS AND WON’T MAKE YOU FEEL ANY BETTER. HE SAYS THE OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS IS DANGEROUS.

SHAH SAYS WHILE ANTIBIOTICS WON’T HELP A COLD OR THE FLU…THEY ARE NEEDED FOR STREP THROAT, WHOOPING COUGH AND SOMETIMES BRONCHITIS, EAR INFECTIONS AND SINUS INFECTIONS.

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