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What's this about a "new, redesigned" Get Smart web site?

In late June 2009, the Get Smart web site adopted a "plain language" URL ( All pages were redesigned and updated. New pages - such as "Symptom Relief," which offers tips on sore throat, ear and sinus pain, runny nose, and cough relief - were added. The drop-down, left menu helps you easily browse the site. Longer pages include an "On This Page" box that gives you quick links to chunks of information. "Related Links" boxes underneath the left menu help you quickly navigate to related CDC information. All web changes are based on usability tests to assure science-based, research-driven delivery of public health information.

What information is available on the Get Smart website?

  • Information on antibiotic-resistant infections and their prevention, including fact sheets and more
  • Publications on appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance
  • Educational materials and resources
  • Information geared toward various audiences: healthcare providers, media, partners, program planners, and what everyone should know and do.

Is the Get Smart website information credible?

Yes. The Get Smart website is produced by the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, a component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How frequently is the Get Smart website updated?

The Get Smart website information is reviewed regularly and is updated at least yearly to include the latest facts.

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What features should every user know about?

What if there are medical terms I don't understand?

Use the Get Smart website's Glossary of terms. It contains definitions of medical terms along with the phonetic spelling for most terms.

Are there other ways to access appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance information?

You can learn how to get appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance information by phone, fax, e-mail, and mail. Information from other organizations can also be accessed from the Partners page or by reading about Related CDC Programs.

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What if I can't find the information I'm looking for?

  • For more information, please call CDC at:
    1-800-CDC-INFO [1-800-232-4636]
  • If you have technical or navigational difficulties using this site, contact your Internet provider and/or technical support staff.
  • If you are still experiencing difficulty with the Get Smart website, send a message to our Webmaster at

How do I order Get Smart materials?

  • All print materials found on the Get Smart website may be downloaded, copied, and distributed without alteration free of charge.

  • Small quantities of most Get Smart materials are available for free from CDC-INFO visit (or call 1-800-232-4636).

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