Antibiotic Resistance, Overuse & Misuse in Adults Over 65
Antibiotic resistance, overuse and misuse are causing big problems
Antibiotics are the most common treatment for bacterial infections. They don’t work for viral infections like colds or flu. Antibiotic resistant bacteria develop if you take antibiotics when you don’t need them. When these bacteria spread, it undermines modern medicine.
Why should adults over 65 be concerned about antibiotic resistance?
Adults over 65 are more likely to have an infection. They may have weakened immune systems or live in a care facility in close contact with others who may be ill.
As well, adults over 65 may visit healthcare settings like hospitals more often. Infections can spread easily in these settings. Antibiotics may also interact with medications adults over 65 are already taking.
What you can do to prevent antibiotic resistance
- If you are being prescribed antibiotics, ask your doctor or dentist about the best option for you.
- If prescribed antibiotics, discuss with your doctor side effects and interactions with other medications.
- Always follow your doctor or pharmacist’s directions on how to take antibiotics.
Reduce the spread of infections to help yourself and others.
Reducing and preventing spread of infections in the first place decrease the need for antibiotics, and will help us all to stay healthier. Download our brochure for more practical tips!