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It’s flu season … Choose Wisely and get your flu shot

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CWFluNov2015_Page_1Sure, you feel good today but you never know what might be lurking around the corner … get your flu shot today.

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Here’s why.

Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.

Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. But most respiratory infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics can’t cure a virus.

Viruses cause:

  • All colds and flu.
  • Almost all sinus infections.
  • Most bronchitis (chest colds).
  • Most sore throats, especially with a cough, runny nose, hoarse voice, or mouth sores.

Antibiotics have risks.

Click here to read about risks and overuse of antibiotics. Thank you Choosing Wisely.

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