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Enter our antibiotic awareness poster competition - and help the NHS beat the bugs!

WAAW poster winner.pngPrimary school pupils in Southwark - the NHS needs your help to beat the bugs!

We're asking Southwark pupils in school Years 3 – 6 (aged 7 - 11 years old) to help us promote the safe use of antibiotics by entering our free poster competition.

Ahead of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019 (18 – 24 November), we want pupils to design a poster that shows how precious antibiotics are – and how we need to keep these wonderful medicines working for future generations.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are types of medication that kill harmful bacteria in our bodies. They are precious but quite often people use them when they don't need to. 

If we use them at the wrong time or too often, the bacteria might learn how to stop antibiotics working.

Why enter our competition?

You will help us share the message to protect antibiotics, so they work when you really need them. It's free to enter and the best design will be displayed around Southwark to help raise awareness.

Last year's winning poster (pictured above) is currently being used on London buses!

What should your poster look like?

Please be as creative and imaginative as you like. To help, we suggest that your poster could be about: 
  • "Antibiotic resistance" – how by using antibiotics when we shouldn't, it might stop the medicine working when we really need it
  • Antibiotics not working for all infections
  • The difference between a bacterial infection (antibiotics may be needed) and a viral infection (no antibiotics needed)
  • Good versus bad bacteria
  • How people stop germs spreading by washing their hands regularly and covering their mouth when sneezing or coughing

How to enter the competition

To enter, please send your poster by post to: Antibiotic poster competition, Medicines Optimisation Team, 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5LX.

Or via email with the subject line ‘Antibiotic poster competition’ to  

Please include your name, age, school and school year. 

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 8 November 2019. 

The winning poster will be chosen by a judging panel of NHS staff, including antibiotic experts.