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.
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.
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:
messages on your social media channel(s)
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)
word to your friends and followers, and encourage them to do the same.
Watch #SaveAntibiotics on November
14th as Thunderclap
participants proclaim their unified support for improved prescribing and use of antibiotics.
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.
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