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Hand Hygiene and Antibiotic Resistance - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Hand Hygiene and Antibiotic Resistance

  • Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern. Handwashing prevents the spread of germs.

  • Antibiotics don’t cure viral infections like colds, flu, or bronchitis.
    But, hand washing stops the spread of germs.
    So, let your doctor decide when antibiotics are needed.

Keep antibiotics working!

  • Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed but resistant bacteria may be left to grow and multiply.
  • Using antibiotics often and misusing them (not finishing all of a prescription) leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Bacteria that develop ways to survive against antibiotics are called antibiotic-resistant bacteria; routine antibiotics will not kill them.
  • Misusing antibiotics helps create antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Resistant bacteria are sometimes called “super bugs.”
  • Infections caused by “super bugs” can be more severe and harder to treat.
  • “Super bugs” can be dangerous to your family and to your community because they can be passed from person-to-person the same way that other bacteria are spread.
  • Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to control resistance.

More about antibiotic resistance

  • Antimicrobial Resistance
    Information about Antimicrobial Resistance in Minnesota. Includes information on antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the compilation of antimicrobial susceptibilities of selected pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance in health care settings.

Updated Tuesday, 18-Oct-2022 15:13:29 CDT