Hand Hygiene and Antibiotic Resistance
- Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern. Handwashing prevents the spread of germs.
- Antibiotics don’t cure viral infections like colds, flu, or bronchitis.
But, hand washing stops the spread of germs.
So, let your doctor decide when antibiotics are needed.
Keep antibiotics working!
- Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed but resistant bacteria may be left to grow and multiply.
- Using antibiotics often and misusing them (not finishing all of a prescription) leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Bacteria that develop ways to survive against antibiotics are called antibiotic-resistant bacteria; routine antibiotics will not kill them.
- Misusing antibiotics helps create antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Resistant bacteria are sometimes called “super bugs.”
- Infections caused by “super bugs” can be more severe and harder to treat.
- “Super bugs” can be dangerous to your family and to your community because they can be passed from person-to-person the same way that other bacteria are spread.
- Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to control resistance.
More about antibiotic resistance
- Antimicrobial Resistance
Information about Antimicrobial Resistance in Minnesota. Includes information on antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the compilation of antimicrobial susceptibilities of selected pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance in health care settings.