Antibiotics do not cure viral infections. Viruses cause most common illnesses, such as bronchitis, coughs, colds, runny noses and sore throats. Many viral infections will get better in 7-10 days without taking an antibiotic. Antibiotics are only helpful when used to treat a bacterial infection and when taken exactly as prescribed. Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking antibiotics.
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Virginia Department of Health
Office of Epidemiology
109 Governor Street, Suite 516 East
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-864-8141 - Fax: 804-864-8139