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Antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections and will not help viral infections. Most common upper respiratory illnesses like flu, colds, cough and sore throats are caused by viruses. Getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, following proper hand washing hygiene and getting a flu vaccination can help reduce infections. 

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2017 Antibiotics Awareness Week Events:

November 14, 2017
Penn State University - Freeman Auditorium (inside Hetzel Union Building [HUB])
State College, Pa.
8:00 - 9:30 am  

Speaker: Erina MacGeorge

Speaker: Jerry Jacob, MD
Title: “Becoming a Better Steward: Antibiotics in Primary Care”

November 16, 2017
Children's Hospital Pittsburgh
Rangos Research Building - 3rd floor Conference Rooms A+B+C
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
12 pm

Speaker: Jason Newland, MD
Title“Antimicrobial Stewardship - Everyone’s Responsibility”

November 17, 2017
Allegheny County Health Department
Clack Health Center, Building 7
301 39th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

8:30 - 10:30 am

Speaker: Keith Hamilton
Title: “Building Collaborations to Strengthen Antimicrobial Stewardship”