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What is antibiotic resistance?

If we carry on taking antibiotics incorrectly, in the future they could stop working altogether. Without effective antibiotics, many common treatments will become increasingly dangerous – including setting broken bones, treatments for cancer and routine operations.

What is Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections, such as sepsis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and meningococcal meningitis. If you are feeling under the weather, or have a cold, flu or sore throat, you can self-care by getting plenty of rest and keeping well hydrated
Read more about effective self-care here.

Why pledge?

If everyone makes just one simple pledge to always take antibiotics correctly, we will stop bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics and ensure they continue to work for future generations. If we carry on misusing antibiotics:

  • By 2050 a simple paper cut could become deadly.
  • Cancer treatments could become ineffective.
  • Superbugs could kill 10 million people per year.
Join the fight against antibiotic resistance by making a pledge here.