165 new antibiotic resistant infections every day in England Latest data from Public Health England shows there were an estimated 61,000 antibiotic resistant infections in 2018 – that’s 165 a day.
Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. This means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. However, they are frequently being used to treat illnesses like coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves.
The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns to alert the public to the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging them to always take their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.
For further information on antibiotic resistance visit nhs.uk/antibiotics.