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Bacterial Infections More Resistant To Antibiotics
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Pam Michulka remembers when a trip to the doctor almost always ended with a prescription.
"Everybody got an antibiotic for everything, every time you went to the doctor, said Michulka. And now they just don't seem to work.
Doctors call it the post-antibiotic era: where bacteria that makes you sick are resistant to the medicine that makes you better. The CDC says at least two million people in the United States develop serious bacterial infections resistant to the antibiotics each year. Its partially due to doctors over-prescribing them in the past. But also, they tell us, because antibiotics are nearly everywhere.
"They're in the food industry, they're in the agricultural industry, so how much exposure that people get to antibiotics beyond the physicians office is probably a lot," said Chief Medical Officer at St. Lukes Hospital Dr. Dustin Arnold.
Doctors and parents say now theyre focusing on keeping kids healthy before they ever show signs of being sick, and might need some medicine to feel better. That can be as simple as teaching your kids that when the temperatures are dropping, they need to put on a jacket.
"A lot of what we do is just the basic things, trying to eat right, get enough sleep, said Robins parent Bryce Paulson.
Simple steps to talk to your doctor about.
"It'll be a partnership with the patient and the physician to have greater stewardship of antibiotic use," said Arnold.