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Antibiotics (Antimicrobials) and older people – what you should know

This factsheet highlights the issues surrounding antimicrobial use in older people and provides information for older people, their families and their carers.

Older people are more vulnerable to infections and can have different patterns of antimicrobial resistance than younger adults; are more likely to be taking other medication that can interact with antimicrobials; and, can experience more severe side effects from antimicrobials.


Antibiotics (Antimicrobials) and older people – what you should know

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