"About Antimicrobial Use and Resistance - Minnesota Dept. of Health

About Antimicrobial Use and Resistance

Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting bacterial illnesses
(like Strep throat),
but they DO NOT work for viral illnesses
(like the common cold or flu)


Antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections
in kids younger than 15 years of age
account for 58% of all antibiotics prescribed,
yet most of these acute respiratory infections
do not require antibiotic treatment.
The good news is that many patients
may benefit more from symptomatic therapy.

Updated Wednesday, 15-Nov-2017 09:01:07 CST