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What is antibiotic resistance?

The Problem

Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria but now the bacteria are fighting back. Our medicines are becoming less effective which means more deaths and more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. We have to tackle this problem before it gets worse.

How this happened

There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but here are two key ones:

  • firstly, we take medicines that we don't need. Antibiotics don't help most colds or coughs get better but we still request antibiotics for them.
  • Secondly, we make things worse when we don't take antibiotics exactly as prescribed for instance, missing doses. Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.

What can we do?

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today but you can help. Please visit and find out about simple steps you can take to save antibiotics.

A world without antibiotics

Pre-antibiotic age

In a world before antibiotics, as recently as the 1930s, people often died from infections like pneumonia or meningitis. Simple medical procedures/operations were risky due to the chance of infection. Antibiotics changed that.

Antibiotic age

Since the 1940s our antibiotics have allowed us to fight infections and save millions of lives. But they are becoming ineffective against many infections because we aren't using them properly.

Post-antibiotic age

If bacteria becomes "resistant" to our antibiotics many routine treatments will again become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today but we have a chance to fight back. Find out how at:

Antibiotic resistance - What can I do?

Be an antibiotic guardian

Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines, used to treat both humans and animals.

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign was launched to kickstart collective action from both healthcare professionals and members of the public to work together to slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

By pledging to become an Antibiotic Guardian you choose to perform a simple action which protects antibiotics against the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Take these simple actions

  • Don't ask for antibiotics, treat your cold and flu symptoms with pharmacist advice and over-the-counter medicines.
  • Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, never save them for later, never share them with others.
  • Spread the word, tell your friends and family about antibiotic resistance.

Sign up and learn more

Rally together at and choose a pledge that feels right for you. Remember that your actions protect antibiotics.