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Make a pledge to help us keep antibiotics working
Infections that our bodies are good at fighting off on their own, like coughs, colds, sore throats and flu, should be treated without antibiotics most of the time.
I pledge to talk to my pharmacist about how I can treat my symptoms.
For most infections you take antibiotics for, you'll start to feel better after a few days, but that doesn't mean you should stop taking your course. If you stop your treatment early the infection could come back.
I pledge to always complete the course exactly as my doctor has advised.
Different antibiotics are prescribed to different people for different reasons, even if symptoms are similar. Sharing them with friends and family, or storing them for the future can do more harm than good.
I pledge to dispose of unused antibiotics by taking them to my local pharmacy.
The overuse of antibiotics in recent years means they're becoming less effective and has led to the emergence of "superbugs". These are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotic. Each time you take antibiotics without consulting your doctor you could be increasing the chance of them not working in the future.
I pledge to seek my doctor's advice, even for reoccurring conditions.
The future of antibiotics is in our hands. Residents of Leeds can make a real difference by raising awareness of antibiotics resistance in order to keep antibiotics working.
I pledge to spread the word about antibiotics resistance.
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