"The only solutions are for drug companies to develop new antibiotics or for physicians to use antibiotics appropriately," Uslan said. "This is a really tremendous opportunity for UC to lead in the state of California. UC can be a model for the rest of the state."
As we enter cold and flu season, people can do their part to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance, according to Uslan:
1) If you are seeing your doctor for a cold or flu, discuss the use of antibiotics with your physician. If it's a viral infection, antibiotics aren't effective and will only add to the problem of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are appropriately prescribed for only bacterial infections.
2) If your doctor determines that you do not have a bacterial infection, do not pressure your doctor to prescribe antibiotics. Instead, ask about methods you can use to reduce your symptoms.
3) Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your physician, even if you feel better.
4) Do not save leftover antibiotics for the next time you become sick.
5) Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.
6) Do not assume that yellow or green mucus means that you need antibiotics. It is normal for mucus to get thick and change color during a viral cold.
7) The vast majority of sore throats do not require antibiotics. Only 5 percent to 15 percent of adult cases of sore throat are due to "strep." If your doctor suspects strep throat, ask whether a throat swab is appropriate.