Published on April 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM
NPS has set up a Facebook page — www.facebook.com/NPSMedicinewise — where from Monday 23 April people can pledge to take some simple actions to help fight antibiotic resistance.
“The first thing an antibiotic resistance fighter does is not expect antibiotics for colds and the flu, as these are caused by viruses which antibiotics cannot treat,” says Dr Stowasser.
“The second pledge an antibiotic resistance fighter makes is to always take antibiotics exactly as directed by their doctor if they are prescribed them, knowing that not doing so contributes to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
“Finally, an antibiotic resistance fighter always practices good hygiene – such as washing their hands and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze – to help stop the spread of infection caused by both viruses and bacteria,” Dr Stowasser concluded.
A variety of resources, tools and information to help consumers learn more about becoming an antibiotic resistance fighter are now available on the NPS website. For further information, visit www.nps.org.au/bemedicinewise/antibiotic_resistance
* Survey of 1,013 people by Research Now for NPS in January 2012. Full survey results available upon request.