Antibiotic awareness – what you can do

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What you can do to help

  • For coughs, colds and sore throats ask your community pharmacist for advice about medicines you can buy over the counter. Don’t ask for antibiotics.


  • If you are prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as your healthcare professional tells you (the amount and when to take will be on the label), never share them with others and never save them for later. Take any unused medicines to your community pharmacy for safe disposal.


  • Spread the word – tell family and friends about antibiotic resistance. Sign up to be a junior or family Antibiotic Guardian and earn badges.



  • Parents – have a look at When should I worry? It provides information about the management of coughs, colds, sore throats and ear aches in children. It is available in several languages.


  • If you’re a pet owner, have a look at The Bella Moss Foundation to learn about hygiene and prudent antibiotic use in pets.


  • Children, young people and teachers- take a look at e-Bug: a place to play games and learn about microbes.




  • Films/cartoons                                     Antibiotic Apocalypse – dance about antibiotic resistance

Global Respiratory Infection Partnership (GRIP) Bob cartoon

Bob junior cartoon Bob junior cartoon

                                                           What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu

Infectious diseases – medicines Infectious diseases – medicines


  • Knit a bug – there are several sites on the internet containing patterns for you to knit a bacteria.


  • Further details about antibiotics can be found  here.