Harlow people encouraged to become “Antibiotic Guardians”

Health / Sat 21st Nov 2015 at 02:30am

HARLOW people are encouraged to join NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to become an Antibiotic Guardian. The pledge shows your support to help fight against the overuse of antibiotics.

By becoming a Guardian, you can help defend against an increasing resistance of diseases to antibiotics – one of the biggest threats to patients’ safety in Europe. You can take part by choosing a pledge that suits you best at http://antibioticguardian.com and, at the same time, support European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November) and World Antibiotic Awareness Week (16-22 November).

Antibiotics are an important range of medicines for treating infections. However, bacteria, the bugs that cause many sorts of infection, can change to survive the effects of antibiotics. The more antibiotics are used the more quickly that happens.

Skipping doses of antibiotics, not taking them at regular intervals, saving some for later or sharing antibiotics with others may also be contributing to antibiotic resistance. The Antibiotic Guardian pledges help us all avoid these.

Dr Rob Gerlis, chair of West Essex CCG and a Harlow GP, commented: “The message is an important one and we can all take action. Antibiotics are not the answer for many of the conditions some people want them for. Antibiotics do not work on colds, or for most coughs, sore throats and earache. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own.

“Please only take antibiotics when a health professional prescribes them for you – and if they do, it really is important that you always take them as advised.”

For more information or please go to Find out more at http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/ARC/Pages/AboutARC.aspx
For advice and guidance on how to stay well over winter, please go to http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

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