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Antibiotic Awareness Week

Be Antibiotics Aware Week is November 12-18, 2018.

Make sure you use the right tool for the job. Antibiotics save lives by treating certain bacterial infections, not viruses like colds or the flu. When they're not needed, antibiotics won't help you, and the side effects could still hurt you.

Getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, following proper hand-washing hygiene, and getting a flu vaccination can help prevent infections. Ask your doctor when an antibiotic is the right tool for your illness and when it's not.

How much do you know about safe antibiotic use? Take this quiz from the CDC.