Health officials are reminding Nebraskans to only use antibiotics when they’re truly needed. Epidemiologist Doctor Ann Garvey says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 50% of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed by health care providers for upper respiratory infections like colds and the flu.
“In general, we think there is some over prescribing of antibiotics. That’s why we want to remind folks if a health care provider indicates that their illness is viral in nature, they
Garvey says using antibiotics for illnesses that don’t respond to such treatment can cause bacteria to eventually become resistant. The CDC calls antibiotic resistance one of the world’s most pressing public health threats.