On 13th February Public Health England launched a new campaign in the North West of England informing people that antibiotics don’t work for everything and stressing the importance of taking their doctor’s advice about whether they need them. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily causes dangerous bacteria to become resistant which means they may not work when they are really needed.

Key facts:

  • It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections - that’s 13 people every day
  • Inappropriate use of antibiotics is causing a global epidemic of antibiotic resistance
  • One in four people in the North West has never heard of antibiotic resistance

To read the full PHE press release click here.

 

Local areas have supported the campaign with a joint letter from DsPH and elected members.