About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the use of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections in adults and children that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 69.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you:

  • have seen your GP or nurse practitioner because of a respiratory tract infection

  • are the parent or carer of a child aged 3 months or older who has a respiratory tract infection.

The NICE guideline does not specifically look at further care for adults and children (3 months and older) who need investigations and/or immediate antibiotics.