Paraparaumu Medical Centre is asking you to work with us to stop the spread of resistance.
· The risks of antibiotic resistance spreading further are enormous.
· The world is on the brink of entering an era when we will have few, if any, useful antibiotics.
· This means infections we have been able to treat will become more severe and even life-threatening .
What we are doing
· We will give an antibiotic prescription only if your infection is bacterial.
· We may or may not give an antibiotic prescription for those bacterial infections that generally last only a few days (called self- limiting) - this will depend on other factors.
· Antibiotics are not effective against viruses including colds and flu.
· Some sore throats are viral – others are bacterial, and in some populations carry serious risks. We can help in distinguishing what type of infection you have and what treatment you need.
· In some cases you will be told to give us a call if the infection worsens.
· In other situations you may be given an antibiotic prescription “for your back-pocket”. In these cases you will also be advised when it will be appropriate to take it to your pharmacy. Please do not take it to the pharmacy unless those conditions are met.
· Will only be made for people who have serious underlying conditions who risk getting secondary infections and requiring hospitalisation, and those in whom their immune system is compromised.
What you can do?
· If you are given an antibiotic – take it as instructed.
· Do not share it with other people.
· Do not take other people’s antibiotics.
Avoiding infections can help reduce antibiotic resistance.
You can read much more on this subject in the excellent material provided by the Health Navigator website. This website provides trustworthy, good quality, and reliable health information on most health topics for New Zealanders. It also translates some of its information into other languages – Maori, Pacific, and many of the languages that refugees to NZ speak.
It has an extensive section on Antibiotic resistance including interesting videos and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO).