PREVENTION

Sorry. These Don't Treat Viruses.

Why antibiotics don't work on cold & flu bugs.

For many who develop a cough, stuffy nose, or sore throat, visiting the doctor seems like the right answer. However, in some cases, it’s not. Only if symptoms linger more than three weeks or accompany existing health problems, should you see your doctor.

Why wait? Wouldn’t antibiotics speed up your recovery? The answer is NO. A chest cold, or as doctors refer to it, acute bronchitis is caused by a virus. Antibiotics are not effective at treating viral infections. 

The CDC says taking an antibiotic when it isn’t needed causes bacteria to become drug resistant. Resistant bacteria is stronger and harder to kill. It can even make you sicker. So, treat your cold/flu symptoms with cough medicine and/or a pain reliever and get plenty of rest. To learn more visit cdc.gov/getsmart.