Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria, but now the bacteria are fighting back.
Our medicines are becoming less effective which means more deaths and more complications for people reciving treatment in hospital.
We have to tackle this problem before it gets worse.
How this happened.
There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but here are two key ones:
Firstly, we take medicines that we don't need. Antibiotics don't help most colds or coughs get better but we still request antibiotics for them.
Secondly, we make things worse when we don't take antibiotics exactly as prescribed for instance, missing doses.
Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.
What can we do?
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today but you can help.
Please visit www.antibioticguardian.com and find out about simple steps you can take to save our antibiotics.
Protect yourself, your family and friends against the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines, used to treat both humans and animals.
The Antibiotic guardian campaign was launched to kick-start collective action from both healthcare professionals and members of the public to work together to slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.
By pledging to become an antibiotic guardian you choose to perform a simple action which protects antibiotics against the threat of antibiotic resistance.
Find more about becoming an antibiotic guardian at antibioticguardian.com
For more information:
Antibiotic Resistance in numbers (PDF)
Antibiotic Awareness day (PDF)
Get Better without Antibiotics (PDF)