According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance is possibly the most important infectious disease threat people face.
While antibiotics are the most important tool to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, overuse of antibiotics can have dire side effects with global implications. Each year, more than 2 million Americans get infections that are antibiotic-resistant, and at least 23,000 people die as a result.
Antibiotic overuse increases the development of drug-resistant germs, which can lead to a rise in so-called superbugs. How can people prevent this from happening? The single most important action to help prevent this from happening is to improve the way that antibiotics are prescribed and used, today.
Together, as health care providers, hospital administrators and as patients, everyone must work together to use effective strategies for improving effective and necessary antibiotic use — ultimately improving medical care and saving lives.
Interested in more information? Consider taking part in the CDC #AntibioticSmart Thunderclap campaign today at 1 p.m. Thunderclap is a platform to rally people to spread a common message in unison. Learn how it works, then join at 1 p.m.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is Nov. 14 through Nov. 20. For more resources, visit the Get Smart website.