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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2021

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2021

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2021

[18th -24th November]

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Do your part to keep antibiotics working?
It’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week this week (18-24 November). Antibiotics are 
essential to treat serious bacterial infections, and have saved millions of lives across the 
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk, as this 
encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant.
We can all do our part to keep antibiotics working. By washing your hands regularly and 
properly, you can reduce your risk of contracting bacterial infections. You can also help 
the NHS prescribe fewer antibiotics by taking appropriate self-care steps. This includes 
speaking to your pharmacist for advice about your symptoms. It’s also crucial that you 
take the full course of antibiotics if you do get them prescribed – even if you start to feel 
better before your course is complete.
You can find out more about how you can do your part to stop antibiotic resistance in its 
tracks by visiting  www.antibioticguardian.com, or by speaking to your GP or pharmacist.
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Will you pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian?

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