What's your antibiotics IQ?

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What's your antibiotics IQ?

Think you need an antibiotic? Keep these four tips in mind: 1. You don't need antibiotics every time you're sick. Antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections. They don't work for viral illnesses, such as the common cold. 2. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Don't stop treatment early, even if you start feeling better. 3. Don't take antibiotics that were prescribed for someone else. 4. Protect yourself from infection in the first place. Plain soap and water can kill germs in most settings.

Last Updated: 2010-03-23
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