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Viruses or Bacteria

What has you sick

What’s made you sick?

Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. Viral illnesses cannot be treated with antibiotics. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your healthcare professional for tips on how to relieve symptoms and feel better.

Viruses or bacteria chart

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Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer.

Learn more at cdc.gov/getsmart.