Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 14 to 20, raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Each year in the United States, at least two 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. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and the main cause of this problem is misuse of antibiotics. This week helps to increase awareness of improving appropriate use of antibiotics in communities, in healthcare facilities, and even on the farm!

Improving antibiotic use is everyone’s business! Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to ensure they work for future bacterial illnesses and prevent unnecessary side effects. Here are some tips to use antibiotics wisely:

Our Healthcare-Associated Infection Program is supporting 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week by joining the global Twitter chat, distributing promotional kits, and raising awareness of antibiotic resistance. Healthcare facilities are encouraged to join our efforts by sharing their experiences in the global Twitter chat or by registering for promoting this event. Those who register will receive a promotional kit containing items that remind healthcare providers and their patients about the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. For additional information about Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, please visit CDC website.