Antibiotics - use them wisely!

Basildon and Brentwood residents are being reminded that antibiotics don’t work against colds, the flu and other illnesses caused by viruses.

Antibiotics are used to treat infections that are caused by bacteria. They work in different ways, but what they all have in common is that they only have an effect on bacteria. The common cold and flu are caused by viruses – as are many forms of ear infections, sore throats and coughs – and are totally immune to antibiotics. In fact, you could make things worse as antibiotics can cause side-effects themselves.

If you are feeling ill, the best thing you can do is to talk to your pharmacist about how you can ease your symptoms and, just as importantly, make sure you get plenty of rest.

Read more about our Medicines Waste - Help Protect our Antibiotics campaign here