Anchorage, AK - Cold and flu season usually rolls in with the winter, but it’s important to remember that’s not an excuse to use antibiotics.

Even with all the benefits of antibiotics, there are some definite dangers, including creating a resistance.

Drug-resistant bacteria are those that simply just don’t respond to the antibiotic, most commonly caused by a genetic mutation. One of the most common resistances is a resistance to Mersa.

It’s important to remember when you have a sore throat or the sniffles though, not to jump to conclusions. The Department of Health and Social Services Chief Medical Officer, Jay Butler, also emphasized that everyone from the patient to the provider can play a role in antibiotic abuse prevention. For healthcare providers, always remember to formally test for a bacterial infection.