Health officials: don't use antibiotics for viruses

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- In the midst of cold and flu season, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reminding people that antibiotics will not help with viruses.

Health officials say taking an antibiotic for a virus will not cure the illness, will not keep others from getting sick nor will it help a child feel better.

Medical experts say the overuse of antibiotics could create antibiotic resistance.

“Risks exist when you take any medication,” explains Dr. Janki Patel, Infectious Disease, Mayo Clinic Health- Eau Claire, “Taking unnecessary antibiotics may cause harmful side effects and contribute to antibiotic resistance.”

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