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Antibiotic Resistance: Questions & Answers

This publication provides information about antibiotic resistance, including how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, how to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections, and more.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Consumer FAQ's About Antibiotics

How safe are antibiotics? When should you take them? What should women know before taking antibiotics? Find answers to these frequently asked questions, and many more.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

FAQs About Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus- (PDF)

The enterococcus is a germ or bacterium that lives in the intestinal tract and in the female genital tract. Occasionally, the enterococcus can cause an infection of the urinary tract, bloodstream, or skin wounds. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that can be used to treat those infections.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

An Ounce of Prevention - Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home- (PDF)

This brochure offers information on preventing infectious diseases through proper handwashing, food preparation techniques, immunizations, care in handling pets, and more.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Resistance

Each one of us has a role to play in limiting the development and spread of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms. This site may give you some ideas on how you can help.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Antibiotic Use: What Everyone Should Know and Do

Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? Learn which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Learn about causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of diarrhea that may occur in response to medications used to treat bacterial infections (antibiotics).

Review Date: November 26, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Antibiotics Quiz

Find out how much you know about antibiotics and when they work to treat infections.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Antibiotics: When They Can and Can't Help

You can protect yourself and your family by knowing when you should use antibiotics and when you shouldn’t.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

CDC Vital Signs Report: Making Health Care Safer

More than half of all hospital patients receive an antibiotic. These antibiotics are often prescribed incorrectly, putting patients at risk for harmful infections. Get the facts on how tracking antibiotic use and resistance can help health departments, hospitals, and doctors protect patients.

Review Date: March 28, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC VitalSigns: Stopping C. Difficile Infections

C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Learn how C. difficile spreads, and what you can do to help prevent it.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Oral Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms or "friendly bacteria" found in foods and dietary supplements that may help prevent diarrhea and other side effects from antibiotic use.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Personal and Home Hygiene

Personal hygiene and household cleanliness practices are important methods to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Find fact sheets on many related topics including: creating a healthy household, antibacterials in household products, and how to fight colds.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Personal Prevention of MRSA Skin Infections

Learn how to protect yourself from MRSA skin infections through good hygiene. If you have MRSA, read these tips on how you can prevent spreading MRSA skin infections to others.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services