5,000 people could die due to antibiotics
1:07pm 17th February 2017
(Updated 3:48pm 17th February 2017)
Thousands of people could be putting their lives at risk - simply because of how they use antibiotics.
A huge 5,000 people could be dying every year in England as a result of antibiotics not working for infections anymore.
But only a quarter of people in the North West are even aware it's an issue.
And 40% don't realise that taking antibiotics in the last year means they could be more likely to become resistant to antibiotics if they get another infection.
Antibiotics are an important resource for doctors and healthcare professionals to help treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningococcal meningitis, and sepsis to help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.
Despite the dangers, antibiotics are now being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds and flu, where in many case they are not needed and no longer effective.
Dr Hari Nair, local GP and GP Director for Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group said:
"Taking antibiotics incorrectly may risk your health or the health of someone close to you.
"Local residents need to be aware that antibiotics are ineffective against the common cold and other viruses.
"Incorrectly taking a course of antibiotics or taking them when you don't need them will not only reduce the chance of you beating your infection but actually work against you, as antibiotics will be less effective in fighting the next bacterial infection you get.
"If you are unsure of what treatment is available please seek advice from your local pharmacist."
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