Updated: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013, 4:27 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013, 4:27 PM EST
If you're suffering from a cold, the flu, or another virus, there are things you can do to help relieve the symptoms, but taking antibiotics will not help. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, such as strep throat.
Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health problem that is primarily being caused by the repeated and improper use of antibiotics.
You can help prevent antibiotic resistance by taking these actions: