3 Key Messages

  1. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections.
  2. Not all bugs are created equal. Both bacteria and viruses cause infections but antibiotics only work against bacteria.
  3. Use antibiotics wisely to stop bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Tip of the Week #20

Most sore throats are due to viruses. A doctor cannot tell, just by looking, whether a sore throat is due to a virus or to Streptococcus bacteria (Strep throat). A throat swab is the only way to know if antibiotics might help.

Guide to Wise Use of Antibiotics

Prevention and Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections

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Doubtful about the influenza vaccine? It works, and it’s safe. Check out this video from the University of Alberta Pharmacy program.