Join the Fight Against Superbugs
Superbugs have been all over the news in recent months. In Florida, we have some pretty giant bugs, but superbugs aren’t something we can see, which actually makes them more concerning. These bacteria are responsible for infecting more than 2 million people each year—and they are called superbugs because they can resist even the strongest antibiotics.
Scary, right? So how have these superbugs developed? Well, when you’re sick, your doctor may give you antibiotics to help you feel better. Antibiotics work by killing the bacteria that’s causing the infection. This makes you feel better, but the medicine can sometimes leave behind resistant bacteria to grow and multiply.
Over time, these stubborn and strong bacteria can develop the power to ward off the very antibiotics that should be able to help you feel better. These turn into superbugs.
The good news is that you can take some very simple steps to prevent superbugs from developing and spreading:
• Make sure you get all your vaccines so you’re protected against drug-resistant bacteria.
• Take antibiotics only as needed and exactly as your doctor prescribes them. Be sure to always finish every dose, even if you start to feel better before you’re done.
• Never take someone else’s antibiotics.
• Wash your hands often with warm water and soap to keep bacteria from spreading.
For more information or to read recent reports about superbugs, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
Filed under: Healthy Living
Donnette Brown is a Registered Nurse Educator with the Better You From Blue Next Steps Program in South Florida. Our mission is “To promote a healthier lifestyle one step at a time”. When she's not at Florida Blue, you can find her in the hospital setting a few week-ends per month doing hands on patient care, dispensing comfort, compassion, and caring for patients without a prescription. Helping others has always been a part of who I am.