News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Fewer New Zealanders taking antibiotics

26 May 2004

Fewer New Zealanders taking antibiotics this winter

Research shows that fewer New Zealanders are likely to reach for antibiotics to treat colds and flu, compared to numbers seen four years ago.

And with today’s launch of the Wise Use of Antibiotics Campaign 2004, that vigilance on antibiotic use is set to continue.

The campaign, now in its sixth year, is spearheaded by PHARMAC, with support from the Plunket Society, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Pharmaceutical Society. It aims to educate people about the need to only take antibiotics in the right situations.

PHARMAC Medical Director Dr Peter Moodie says research carried out in 2000 showed that only 20% of New Zealanders understood that antibiotics were not an effective way to treat their cold or flu. The same research was conducted at the end of last winter, revealing that nearly half the people who visited their doctor understood the role of antibiotics in treating colds and flu.

He says this shows one of the campaign messages, that antibiotics can’t fight viral infections such as colds and flu, is having a positive impact upon New Zealanders’ health.

If antibiotics are overused, it increases the risk of bacteria becoming resistant to them. However, if people are prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, they should make sure they finish the whole course of the treatment.

Dr Peter Moodie says the latest research shows both doctors and the public are being more vigilant in the yearly battle with colds and flu.

“People are far more aware about appropriate antibiotic use. With more than half of all New Zealanders set to experience either a cold or the flu this winter, it’s good to see more and more people know the correct way to fight the illnesses.”

That means people are no longer seeing antibiotics as a “quick fix” for colds and flu. In 2003 there were about 20,000 fewer antibiotic prescriptions written than the year before.

“While the statistics are heartening, it is important to keep the awareness going as we head into winter,” says Dr Peter Moodie.

“Parents in particular need to remain vigilant and do need to have their children checked out by a health professional if there is any doubt.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news