Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics and poses one of the most pressing public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a league of national and international partners, will observe the ninth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week from November 14-20. During this week, participants will raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and emphasize the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings. Each year in the United States, 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are written and up to 1/3 - 1/2 of antibiotic use in humans is deemed unnecessary or inappropriate.
The CDC has created a Partner Toolkit for those organizations who wish to be involved in Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. This toolkit contains materials such as key messages, fact sheets, press releases and infographics about the Get Smart About Antibiotics Week campaign. Check it out to find out ways you can be involved in Get Smart About Antibiotics Week and be sure to use the hashtags #AntibioticSmart, #AntibioticResistance, or #GetSmartWeek to participate in the global conversation.