Antibiotic Resistance

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When used properly, antibiotics can make a world of difference –– in some cases, a lifesaving difference –– for the millions of U.S. adults and children afflicted with bacterial infections and illnesses each year. But when used incorrectly, antibiotics can cause harm. Through overuse or misuse of antibiotics, bacteria can develop resistance to the antibiotics designed to destroy them. This resistance has health officials worldwide increasingly concerned. Use the information and links on this page to find out more about ways to use antibiotics safely. By taking the right steps now, you can help ensure that antibiotics remain effective to protect you and your family from many types of infections.