Health officials spread awareness about the misuse of antibiotics

Health officials spread awareness about the misuse of antibiotics

Antibiotics save lives and are important tools for treating a range of common and serious infections. However, antibiotics are often used when they should not, which can cause them to stop working.

Up to 50 percent of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed or are not effective as prescribed. In the United States, at least 2 million people each year become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die.

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