Colds and flu are caused by viruses and are not treatable with antibiotics.
Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as:
- Colds or flu;
- Most coughs and bronchitis;
- Sore throats not caused by strep; or
- Runny noses.
Find out when to take antibiotics and learn why the misuse of them is a major public health problem by clicking here.