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Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Cold or Flu. Antibiotics Don't Work For You.
Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Learn more about antibiotic use.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week NEW
Would you like to participate in the first ever Get Smart about Antibiotics Week being held October 6-10, 2008? If you or your organization is interested in getting involved, view the Program Planners Toolkit.

Sentinel Health Education Program Award NEW

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CDC's website provides health information for your general knowledge. Concerns about a medical condition-either your own or that of a family member, should always be addressed to your primary care physician for advice and care appropriate to your specific medical needs. CDC does not recommend self-diagnosis or self-management of health problems that should be attended to by healthcare professionals.

Date:August 12, 2008
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases/Division of Bacterial Diseases
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