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Health Tip: Prevent Antibiotic Resistance
What you can do

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic resistance applies when bacteria are no longer eliminated by a medicine that's supposed to kill them. Experts blame the problem on improper use of antibiotic medications.

Here's what you can do to help, according to the World Health Organization:

  • Only take antibiotics when prescribed by a health professional.
  • Always finish the entire supply of antibiotics. Stopping too soon may allow the bacteria to continue living.
  • Never save antibiotics for later use or use leftover antibiotics, and never share antibiotics with someone else.
  • To help reduce the risk of infection in the first place, wash your hands often, get vaccinations and limit your contact with sick people.

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