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Key messages

Key messages for the general public: Self-medication with antibiotics
Antibiotics should only be prescribed by a medical doctor who has examined you. Antibiotics are not painkillers and cannot cure every illness. There are other medicines to help you relieve your symptoms. 
Key messages for the general public
Learn why to keep antibiotics working, how to do it. 
Key messages for primary care prescribers
Growing antibiotic resistance threatens the effectiveness of antibiotics now and in the future, communicating with patients is key.
Key messages for hospital prescribers
Learn about the problem of antibiotic resistance, how does the use of antibiotics contributes, why and how to promote prudent use of antibiotics
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