Antibiotics: use and perceptions
• 40% of respondents say they have taken antibiotics in the past year, over a third took them for a viral infection like a cold or the flu
• 95% of these obtained them through a medical prescription and/or administration by a medical practitioner.
• 53% of those surveyed think that antibiotics are able to kill viruses. This misconception is particularly common in the 15-24 age group.
• However, 62% of those who received this information did not change their opinion on antibiotics.