As cold and flu season begins to take hold, leading clinicians have united to promote the correct use of antibiotics on European Antibiotics Awareness Day.
Am I the only one that thinks this is strange? I have of course come across people who mistakenly think that antibiotics will cure a cold or flu, however surely the casual attitude must be stemming from the prescribing practices of doctors? A simple "no antibiotics aren't necessary in your case" is hardly beyond the reach of most GPs. Or am I missing something?Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Consultant Microbiologist and HSE/RCPI clinical lead said that while antibiotics have transformed modern medicine, a casual attitude towards them is damaging their effectiveness.
"The evidence is very clear - overuse and misuse of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to develop ways of protecting themselves and we are seeing an alarming rise in antibiotic -resistant infections such as drug resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia, meningitis, MRSA and E.coli," said Dr Fitzpatrick.
A survey on public attitudes to anti biotic usage carried out by the HSE show that attitudes to antibiotics are changing.
Clinicians urge correct antibiotic use - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 21, 2012