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Take the Antibiotics Quiz

Antibiotics have been called "wonder drugs" because of their ability to treat bacterial infections that were once deadly. Antibiotics have saved countless lives since they were first introduced 60 years ago. But overuse of these drugs has allowed certain bacteria to become resistant to them. Learn more about this important issue by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC and the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA).

1. Antibiotics kill both viruses and bacteria that cause illness.
2. Antibiotics will help you recover from a cold or the flu.
3. Many antibiotics are designed to work against specific bacteria.
4. If you are taking antibiotics, it's OK to stop taking the medicine once you start to feel better.
5. Keeping extra antibiotics around is a good idea in case you need them at a future date.
6. Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria causing your illness, but also the good bacteria that inhabit your body.
7. If you believe that an antibiotic would help your illness, you should demand that your health care provider give you a prescription for one.
8. All antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
9. Using an antibacterial soap is a good way to keep bacteria at bay.
10. Over time, people can become resistant to antibiotics.
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