Gear Up for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017!

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. U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017, is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. This observance is a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners.

To help raise awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a list of activities you can do to get involved, and developed a promotional toolkit to help public health professionals promote this important observance. The toolkit includes:

Resources are available for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the general public.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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