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"Germs that cause colds and flu thrive in winter, resulting in symptoms that make people feel miserable," said
Patients take a full course of antibiotics as instructed by their doctor.
Parents don't pressure physicians into prescribing antibiotics when they are not indicated for children.
Physicians embrace antibiotic stewardship and educate patients on the appropriate use of antibiotics.
Pharmacists monitor prescribing patterns and counsel patients on appropriate use.
Health care facilities make antibiotic stewardship a priority.
Prevention is the best approach during cold and flu season. Hand washing, vaccinations and infection control are effective methods for preventing infection.
For more information on the Get Smart about Antibiotics campaign: www.cdc.gov/getsmart/index.html(exit VDH).
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