Antibiotics are medicines that kill germs that make us sick and can save lives. But antibiotics also have a down side. They can have side effects like stomach aches, headaches, sensitivity to the sun, and yeast infections. Taking antibiotics often or when they are not needed can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is when the antibiotic does not work like it should. Antibiotics do not cure illness caused by viruses like the common cold or flu.

The links below give you more information about when it is ok to take antibiotics or when you should not take antibiotics.

Viruses or Bacteria 

The links below have tips on how to get better without using antibiotics.


Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

Improving Antibiotic Use


​Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

How to Feel Better Without Antibiotics