Illinois Health Department says: Don’t take antibiotics for the flu

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Department of Public Health says as close to 30 percent of prescribed antibiotics are not needed.

The IDPH says one of the best things to do is to not ask for them, that way you can avoid taking them when it’s not necessary.

Experts say antibiotics are helpful for certain infections, including strep throat and tuberculosis, but they don’t help cure the flu and cold, and taking them when you don’t need to can build up the germ’s resistance to antibiotics.

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