Over prescribing antibiotics compromises the effectiveness of the medicine. In situations that the body actually needs them, bacterias have built up such a strong resistance to the medicine, that the most commonly prescribed antibiotics are no longer working. This is dangerous! Common infections that were once easily treatable with antibiotics fail to work any more. Listen up parents - children are of particular concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use.
I'm sure you are wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your family? First be sure to openly talk to your doctor about antibiotic resistance. Double check with them whenever they prescribe you an antibiotic. Make sure they feel it is absolutely necessary. Educate yourself on when antibiotics do work and what to do to treat your illness if antibiotics won't work. The CDC has a bunch of great information and tips on their website about this, check it out here. And of course, you can always visit an acupuncturist for the treatment of any viral infection. Acupuncture stops the infection from progressing and shortens it's duration.