Colds, flu and antibiotic resistance

The development of antibiotics was one of the most important advances of medicine. Now, because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat.

This is because bacteria have developed antibiotic resistance. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to global public health today.

Take the Antibiotic Resistance Pledge

You can help fight antibiotic resistance — make a promise to help reduce the prescribing of antibiotics for viral infections like colds and flu.