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IT’S “GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS WEEK” AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS REMINDING YOU DON’T ALWAYS NEED ANTIBIOTICS WHEN YOU’RE SICK.
 
THE CAMPAIGN STRESSES THAT THE MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS CAN LEAD TO THE CREATION OF MEDICATION-RESISTANT BACTERIA SAYS PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD.
 
 
ARNOLD REMINDS THAT ANTIBIOTICS WILL NOT CURE VIRAL INFECTIONS SUCH AS THE COMMON COLD OR THE FLU. SHE SAYS YOU SHOULD ONLY TAKE ANTIBIOTICS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED FOR YOU AND NOT SAVE THEM FOR THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE SICK.
 
 
EACH YEAR IN THE U-S…AT LEAST TWO MILLION PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA AND AT LEAST 23 THOUSAND DIE FROM THESE INFECTIONS.

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