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How effective are antibiotics?

Louise E. Sivak, MD
Pediatrics
This is a very broad question so you can provide me with some specifics. An antibiotic is effective against a specific spectrum of germs as long as these germs do not develop or acquire resistance to it. Antibiotics by definition treat certain bacterial infections NOT viral infections such as colds or influenza.

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