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What's Your Health Literacy?

The American Medical Association estimates that one in five patients is functionally illiterate when it comes to health information. That means even though they can read, they have trouble following their doctor’s orders, reading and understanding pill bottles, or performing other tasks that are becoming increasingly important in today’s complex health care environment.

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Antibiotics: Think Twice

Taking antibiotics inappropriately can cause harmful side effects like vomiting and diarrhea. It also contributes to antibiotic resistance, which is when bacteria are able to resist the effects of an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance can lead to increased difficulty of treating future bacterial infections that do require an antibiotic.

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