Two-thirds of Australians believe antibiotics will cure colds

Uneducated members of the public are taking antibiotics when unnecessary and contributing to antibiotic resistance, therefore making it more difficult to treat serious conditions like pneumonia, a clinical expert says.

Recent polling conducted on behalf of NPSMedicineWise showed that 65% of workers mistakenly thought taking antibiotics would help them recover from a cold or flu.

The research also indicated that ‘Gen-Y’ workers were more likely to believe this.
71% of surveyed workers aged 18