Do you know about resistance to antibiotics, which makes antibiotics ineffective? The common cold and influenza, or flu, are caused by viruses, while some types of pneumonia are caused by bacteria. Diseases with different causes need to be treated with different medicines. Antibiotics kill bacteria, but they are not effective against the common cold or influenza. However, sometimes antibiotics cannot kill bacteria. This is because the bacteria
has developed resistance to the antibiotic, which is called antibiotic resistance. If antibiotic resistance occurs, resistant bacteria grow even with antibiotic treatment. So, in this case, antibiotics become ineffective. You can help prevent antibiotic resistance. If your doctor gives you antibiotics, please finish the whole course of antibiotics that you are prescribed, even if you feel better in the middle of the course. However, it is much better if we can avoid infections. Practicing good hand hygiene, following coughing etiquette, and getting vaccinations are extremely important to help avoid infections.