A third of Americans think antibiotics cure the flu

Apr 2011
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Last week researchers announced the discovery of a new antibiotic, the first such discovery in about three decades. The new antibiotic will be a powerful new medical tool, as overuse of antibiotics in prior years created resistant bacterial strains that are increasingly invulnerable to standard antibiotics. Doctors have known for a long time that overprescribing antibiotics is a problem, but many still hand out antibiotics for viral infections.
YouGov's latest research shows a great deal of confusion regarding what antibiotics can or cannot do. The vast majority of Americans know that antibiotics are useful when you're dealing with bacterial infections (84%) and pneumonia (70%), and that they're not much use against aches and pains (73%) or common colds (66%). Americans are, however, more confused as to whether or not antibiotics can help with the flu and other viral infections. 41% say that viral infections can be cured with antibiotics, while 35% think that antibiotics can cure the flu, neither of which is true.


Younger Americans are the most likely to be misinformed about whether or not antibiotics are useful in fighting the flu.
48% of under-30s say that the flu can be cured with antibiotics, while 40% know that it cannot. A majority of all Americans over the age of 30 know that antibiotics cannot cure the flu. Overall, however, 35% of the American public believe that antibiotics can cure the flu

One of the persistent myths about flu shots is that, if you get one, you run the risk of actually getting the flu from the vaccination. 44% of Americans know that this isn't true, but 38% think that it is. People who think that you can catch the flu from a flu shot are much less likely to have got a flu shot this year. Only 21% of people who think you can catch the flu from a shot got one this flu season, while 61% of people who know you cannot catch it got a shot.

https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/01/20/young-people-overestimate-usefulness-antibiotics/
 
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Djinn

Council Hall
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Under "No Child Left Behind," the primary focus is limited to reading, writing, and math. Biology and science are second-tier.
 
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Nov 2014
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Antibiotics can improve immunity but cure... No. Sad that now, people don't know what they do and what they use. And it seems like i can invent antibiotic and name it "AntiFLU" and people will buy it?
 
Jun 2014
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Ya, sadly this was me. What a dumbass I was, buffaloing my poor GP into giving me antibiotics when I had an allergy or a virus.

I feel very stoopid now.
 
Apr 2012
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Well, I have a stomach virus right now. I could sure use something. So I am trying to drink lots of water. The thought of eating makes me sick.
 
Oct 2013
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Antibiotics can improve immunity but cure... No. Sad that now, people don't know what they do and what they use. And it seems like i can invent antibiotic and name it "AntiFLU" and people will buy it?
The irony of this post in this thread...its just too much...PLEASE tell me you are kidding and just being funny...
 
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