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Don't go to the doctor for antibiotics if you're ill with the flu for just a few days and you are a healthy adult, that's the warning from Guernsey's prescribing advisor.

Geraldine O'Riordan says island doctors are trying not to prescribe antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary after a warning by England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies.

She warned that antibiotic resistance could take modern medicine back to the dark ages as superbugs become harder to kill.

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Fewer islanders are being prescribed antibiotics in the community in Guernsey and Alderney, according to the States.

In 2016, 8,000 fewer prescriptions were given out than in 2011, a fall of 12%, a spokesman said.

Adding, the use of the most "potent" antibiotics had halved.

The States says the reduction was important to combat antibiotic resistant organisms in individuals and the community.

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Only prescribing antibiotics where they are truly appropriate has been a priority on the islands for several years. This considerable fall in the prescribing is great news and I would like to thank our doctors for their efforts."

Geraldine O’RiordanPrescribing Advisor, States of Guernsey