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Be #AntibioticSmart

by CDC NCEZID category: Health

“Know when you need antibiotics and when you don’t. Together we can fight antibiotic resistance. Be #AntibioticSmart. http://thndr.me/sP4vcy

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Ends Nov 14, 1:00 PM EST

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Be #AntibioticSmart

Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, held November 14-20, 2016, is an annual observance to raise awareness about the importance of saving antibiotics through improved prescribing and use, practices that are collectively called, “antibiotic stewardship.” This week is an important part of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic use in healthcare facilities, and on farms. During Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, as well as all year round, CDC works closely with state programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners to spread critical messages about saving antibiotics.  

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed correctly. In addition, antibiotics are commonly to speed up growth of healthy food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.

Join us as we raise awareness this Get Smart Week by joining this Thunderclap campaign to amplify our message about the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Help us spread the word by retweeting or sharing appropriate antibiotic use messaging throughout Get Smart Week! Follow @CDCGov, @CDC_NCEZID, and @DrFriedenCDC to stay up to date!

HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

  1. Share messages on your social media channel(s)

  2. Authorize Thunderclap to use your account (This is necessary in order for Thunderclap to send out a one-time message on November 14th and to be able to count your followers, which helps determine the reach of our campaign)

  3. Spread the word to your friends and followers, and encourage them to do the same.

  4. Watch #SaveAntibiotics on November 14th as Thunderclap participants proclaim their unified support for improved prescribing and use of antibiotics.

  5. Continue the conversation on November 18th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET by joining the GLOBAL #SaveAntibiotics Twitter chat hosted by CDC.

For more information about the Get Smart program in all settings such as doctor’s offices, healthcare facilities, and on the farm, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/index.html, and follow us on Twitter: @CDC_NCEZID.  

*Please note that Thunderclap will only post the message above to your account one time on November 14, 2016. After the campaign is complete, they won’t post any additional messages or be able to access your account. For more frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.thunderclap.it/faq


  • Thank you for your support! Be #AntibioticSmart

    November 17, 2016

    Dear #AntibioticSmart Supporters,

    Our sincerest thanks for joining our Inaugural Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Thunderclap movement, to spread the word about the threat of Antibiotic Resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use! It is because of you that we were able to reach 5,352,628 people in unison on Monday, November 14th!

    As supporters of the Get Smart about Antibiotics campaign, we know that the inappropriate use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world, and this message has to extend much further than us.

    Help us continue to spread the word by participating in other Get Smart About Antibiotics Week activities this week, including our global #AntibioticResistance Twitter chat on Friday, November 18th from 11-1 EST, and being stewards of appropriate antibiotic use long after Get Smart Week has ended.

    Once again, thank you!

     


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CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship works to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in human healthcare in order to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety. Appropriate antibiotic use refers to prescribing antibiotics only when they are needed, and when they are needed, ensuring the right drug, dose, and duration are given. Appropriate antibiotic use helps to prevent antibiotic resistance, and ensures that antibiotics will be available to treat bacterial infections.

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