NYSDOH – New York State Health Department on antibiotics

Think you need an antibiotic? WAIT! You may not need one. Antibiotics don’t work for illness caused by a virus such as coughs, colds, runny noses, most sore throats and viral bronchitis

Take antibiotics the way your doctor tells you to. If you don’t, you might help create bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Finish your prescription. Don’t skip doses. Don’t share antibiotics with others. If you get sick again, don’t take leftover antibiotics.

For more info: http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/antibiotic/antibiotic.htm