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Using antibiotics responsibly this winter

This winter, Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of using antibiotics responsibly.

Antibiotics are used to treat, or prevent, some types of bacterial infection by killing the bacteria or preventing them from spreading further. Viral infections such as colds and the flu, which are common at this time of year, cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Through misusing and overusing antibiotics, the bacteria that causes infections can become resistant causing what is commonly known as “Superbugs”. Superbugs are resistant to many types of antibiotics and are therefore very difficult to treat, potentially resulting in life-threatening complications.

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