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GetSmart logoDid you know that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses and that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? Did you also know that taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good? In conjunction with “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” (November 13-19), we have compiled the information and resources below from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help you understand how antibiotics can and can’t help you when you are sick.

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Take a look at the chart below to find out which upper respiratory infections are usually caused by viruses – germs that are not killed by antibiotics. It is important to talk with your doctor about antibiotic use and other ways to feel better when you are sick. 

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Antibiotic Resources

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