Antibiotics, the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, don’t work as well as they once did against some infections. In fact, antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health threats. CDC has three programs specifically designed to educate key partners and the public about the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing in doctors’ offices, healthcare facilities, veterinary medicine and animal agriculture.
Many antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, clinics, and other outpatient settings are not needed. This program focuses on appropriate prescribing and use for common illnesses in children and adults.
Many patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities receive antibiotics to fight infections, but these drugs are often prescribed incorrectly. CDC helps clinicians prescribe the right drugs for the right patients at the right doses and times.
This program promotes appropriate use of antibiotics in animals, serves as a liaison among the public health community, veterinarians, and food animal producers, and builds relationships between CDC and the animal agriculture industry within the United States.
Join this annual health observance in November focused on raising awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing.
New Initiative to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative would support prevention programs, outbreak surveillance, antibiotic use and resistance monitoring, and antibiotic stewardship programs to address this threat.
National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
This strategy, released on March 27, 2015, provides goals and direction to help the nation contain the spread of resistant bacterial strains, manage existing antibiotics to preserve their effectiveness, and help ensure a steady pipeline of new, effective antibiotics and diagnostics.
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