Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States and threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal. CDC works to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in human health care, and educate patients about the importance of appropriate use. When we optimize how we use and prescribe these drugs, we protect patients from harm and combat antibiotic resistance.
It’s important to understand that by far, not every illness needs an antibiotic, yet most people expect one when they see a physician or a dentist.
Please read the following information for your health and everyone else’s health: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/index.html