U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week 2019
November 18 - November 24
Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 18-24) is an annual one-week observance that gives participating organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.
There are lots of ways to get involved. You can:
- Share social media messages, images, and animated graphics on your organization’s social media channels. Remember to use #USAAW19 and #BeAntibioticsAware in every post!
- Join the Twitter Storm (#AntibioticResistance) on November 18 (9:00-10:00am EST)
- Include information about Be Antibiotics Aware and U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week in your organization’s print and e-newsletters.
- Print and share handouts and posters with patients and healthcare providers. Select items are now available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean.
- Play videos (available in English and Spanish) on iPads and TV screens in your medical office, pharmacy, waiting room, or lobby.
Below are links to a suite of plug-and-play resources available: