Misuse

noun \ mis’yoohs \ wrong or improper use; misapplication

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections or diseases caused by bacteria. They won’t help treat a cold or flu, because these are caused by viruses.

Don’t expect antibiotics from your doctor for your cold or flu.

Some people may need to be prescribed an antibiotic, but only because they are at risk of developing complications from having a cold or flu, such as pneumonia.

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