Governor Dayton has proclaimed this “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” in Minnesota.
Improper and unnecessary use of antibiotics has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The state Health Department’s Amanda Beaudoin says each year in the U-S, at least two million people get sick and 23,000 people die from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She’s urging Minnesotans not to ask their doctors for antibiotics unless they’re necessary. And, 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are written by health officials throughout the country.
The state Health Department is urging Minnesotans not ask for antibiotics when your doctor doesn’t think you need them, avoid infections and get recommended vaccines, and only take antibiotics prescribed for you–do not share of use leftover antibiotics.