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Welcome to week 3

Welcome to the final week of the e-Bug Health Educator Training course. e-Bug is a free educational resource operated by Public Health England (PHE) to teach 4 to 18-year-olds and community groups about hygiene, infection and antibiotics.

  • The aim of this week is to increase knowledge, skills and confidence to educate on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
  • We will cover ways to look after ourselves when we have an infection and to help keep antibiotics working by using them responsibly.
  • We will give you the information you need to empower participants to make their own decisions regarding their health, hygiene and self-care.
  • The week will start off with an overview of what antibiotics are, when they should be taken, and how to take them correctly.
  • We will also use a visual demonstration of antibiotic resistance and how it can spread.
  • As this is the final week, you can use this time to reflect on your own health and antibiotic use.

The layout of the course for each week will focus on background information for specific topics and then activities and tools that educators can use to communicate key messages to children and young people.

Learning outcomes for Week 3

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • Explain to students / community members that some common infections such as coughs and colds get better by themselves through time, bed rest, avoiding dehydration, and healthy living.
  • Understand why it is important to take antibiotics as prescribed, not to share antibiotics, and only use them for the infection that they were prescribed for.
  • Explain to students / community members that misuse or overuse of antibiotics can damage normal bacteria as well as affect harmful bacteria. Normal bacteria can be useful bacteria that protect our gut and microbiome.
  • Demonstrate to students / community members what antibiotic resistance is and how it occurs using a practical balloon activity and explain that bacterial resistance will occur for any antibiotic that enters the market.
  • Reflect on how we all can play a part in tackling antimicrobial resistance, that antimicrobial resistance is often a result of how we use antibiotics, and public health interventions can help tackle this.

These learning outcomes link back to the big question as you will be able to explain to participants what antibiotics are; what antimicrobial resistance is and what causes it; how we can prevent it; and the importance of self-care to treat infections.

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