Respondents knowledge of antibiotics in Lithuania 2018

This statistic displays the level of knowledge of respondents regarding antibiotics in Lithuania, in 2018. Antibiotics are medications that can kill or hinder the growth of bacteria which cause infections in people and animals. Antibiotics are not used to treat viruses. In 2018, 60 percent of respondents incorrectly answered when asked if antibiotics could kill viruses. 39 percent of respondents answered incorrectly when asked if antibiotics are effective against cold or flu, while 89 percent of respondents answered correctly when asked if unnecessary use of antibiotics could make them ineffective.

Share of respondent's knowledge of antibiotics in Lithuania in 2018

Correct answer Incorrect answer Don't know
Antibiotics kill viruses (false)29%60%11%
Antibiotics are effective against colds and flu (false)51%39%10%
Unnecessary use of antibiotics makes them become ineffective (true)89%5%6%
Taking antibiotics often has side-effects such as diarrhea (true)78%10%12%
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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period

September 8 to 26, 2018

Number of respondents


Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* n (Lithuania)=1,007
n (EU28)=27,474.

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