Ever found yourself taking one course of antibiotics after the other without getting better? Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or the antibiotic-resistant superbug might be to blame…
What on earth are antibiotic-resistant superbugs?
When some microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses are exposed to drugs such as antibiotics, they change form and become resistant to antibiotics. The medicine is no longer effective in killing them, hence the name ‘antibiotic-resistant superbugs’. This poses a great risk for global health.
Two solutions to antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Pharma Dynamics, one of the country’s biggest leading providers of antibiotics, is spreading awareness about AMR. During National Antibiotics Week (14 to 20 November) it will be embarking on a national education campaign for healthcare practitioners and consumers to talk about the dangers of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
It has identified two ways to curb antimicrobial resistance: vaccination, as well as the responsible use of antibiotics. These two preventative measures will be important focuses in their campaign.
Why vaccinations are important
- Vaccines will keep you healthy and protected against contagious diseases and illnesses.
- Vaccines will build your immune system from an early age.
- Vaccines are safe and effective. The risks associated with diseases are more than those associated with vaccines.
- Vaccines will prevent the spread of disease and can protect future generations against disease.
- Vaccinations will curb the costs of health issues in the long run.
By using antibiotics correctly you can help prevent the onset of antibiotic resistance
- Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary and when prescribed by your doctor.
- Stick to the prescribed daily dose.
- Don’t increase your daily dose to try to accelerate recovery.
- Finish your whole course of antibiotics.
- Give your body a chance to fight the infection first. Try home remedies before you rush out to get antibiotics.
- Boost your immune system during flu season.