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All set for antibiotics awareness week

All set for antibiotics awareness week

New Zealand is joining the global battle to raise awareness around appropriate use of antibiotics.

And without urgent intervention, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries will become untreatable, according World Health Organisation (WHO).

In new research released for World Antibiotic Week by independent not-for-profit NPS MedicineWise, a survey of 2509 people revealed 35% of 16- to 24-year-olds ask health professionals for antibiotics when they have colds or flu.

The International Poultry Council also questioned WHO's stance on antibiotics, noting that "the IPC is very concerned that the World Health Organization guidelines inappropriately tie the hands of producers and limit their options for using antimicrobials for prevention, control and treatment of diseases based on specific need".

Wellington GP Dr Cathy Stephenson says it's crucial to work out whether or not a person really needs an antibiotic.

Researchers from one of the College's Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) will be running drop off sessions at South Kensington and Hammersmith campuses as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

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He said the other issue when buying antibiotics from unauthorised outlets is that a full dose will not be given which can contribute to resistance. But it's also about giving them some practical advice that will help them, or their child, feel better - getting good rest, ensuring adequate fluid intake, and advising on proper pain relief.

Some common infections are developing resistance to current medicines and a health crisis is looming, New Zealanders are being warned.

Health Department's pharmaceutical services standard branch (PSSB) manager, Vali Karo, is calling on the public to stop buying antibiotics from the streets and unauthorised shops in the country.

"We often forget that things we take for granted, like chemotherapy and surgery, would not be possible without antibiotics".

"We found two completely unexpected mechanisms that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics".

My Administration is, therefore, committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Studies include using plant extracts such as essential oils to treat antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, investigating the efficacy of travel sanitisers and examining faster ways of detecting E.coli infections in hospital patients.