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Print Materials for Healthcare Professionals

These print materials focus on when it is and is not appropriate to prescribe antibiotics and explain why antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health problems.

Permission is not needed to print, copy, or distribute any materials from the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program. All materials are provided in low-resolution for office printers. If you want high-resolution formats for commercial printing or are interested in customizing the materials, please e-mail the Get Smart program at getsmart@cdc.gov. You can also order small quantities of select materials for free or purchase large quantities.

Antibiotic Stewardship Commitment Posters

Written public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship that are placed in examination rooms have been shown to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions. These posters can also facilitate patient communication about appropriate antibiotic use. We encourage you to add your healthcare facility logo, healthcare professional photo or signature to any of these posters. Print the posters via your office printers, or send to a professional printer, and post in patient examination rooms. Posters can be printed in color or black and white.

	A  Commitment to Our Patients About Antibiotics Poster, version 2

A  Commitment to Our Patients About Antibiotics Poster, version 2

	A  Commitment to Our Patients About Antibiotics Poster, version 3

A  Commitment to Our Patients About Antibiotics Poster, version 3

Fact Sheets

Checklist for Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry

Checklist for Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry

This 1-page, full color 8.5"x 11" fact sheet describes how dentists can improve antibiotic use in their practices.

	Is it Really a Penicillin Allergy? factsheet thumbnail

Is it Really a Penicillin Allergy?

Approximately 10% of U.S. patients report having an allergic reaction to a penicillin class antibiotic in their past; however, when evaluated, fewer than 1% are truly allergic to penicillins. This 2-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet for healthcare professionals describes the evaluation and diagnosis of a penicillin allergy. It includes recommendations that healthcare professionals evaluate patients for true penicillin allergy by conducting a history, physical, and (where appropriate) a skin test and challenge dose. Doing so ensures the patient receives the best care and reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance from unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.


	Save Money with Antibiotic Stewardship

Save Money with Antibiotic Stewardship

This 2-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet describes how antibiotic stewardship programs and interventions can be a “win-win” for all involved—patients get the right antibiotics at the right time for the right duration and heathcare facilities save lives and significant healthcare dollars.


	Preserve the Power of Antibiotics – For Providers

Preserve the Power of Antibiotics – For Providers

This 2-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet describes the health impact being seen in healthcare and community settings from overusing antibiotics and outlines steps health care professionals can take to help fight antibiotic resistance.


	Antibiotics Arent Always the Answer - For Parents

Antibiotics Arent Always the Answer - For Parents

This 2-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet describes antibiotic resistance and questions parents should ask their child’s healthcare provider to make sure they are getting the best care possible, which might not include an antibiotic.


	Antibiotic Resistance - The Global Threat

Antibiotic Resistance - The Global Threat

This 1-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet describes how antibiotic resistance is happening across the world and global actions to slow resistance.


	Resistance Anywhere is Resistance Everywhere

Resistance Anywhere is Resistance Everywhere

This 2-page, full color 8.5"x11" fact sheet explains how antibiotics are a shared global resource that need to be prescribed and used wisely.

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Prescription Pad

	Prescription Adherence Tool – Taking Your Antibiotics

Taking Your Antibiotics Appropriately

This tool is intended for use in pharmacies, clinics, and other healthcare facilities where antibiotic prescriptions are filled. It is intended to promote adherence to antibiotic therapy by citing ways that patients can use antibiotics appropriately. It also raises awareness about why appropriate antibiotic use is important.


	Symptomatic Relief for Viral Illnesses

Symptomatic Relief for Viral Illnesses

This tool is designed for healthcare professionals to use with patients. This prescription pad is actually a checklist for healthcare professionals to describe symptomatic relief for a viral illness diagnosis.


	What is Delayed Prescribing?

New!  What is Delayed Prescribing?

This tool is designed for healthcare professionals to use with patients. This prescription pad can be used for patients with conditions that usually resolve without treatment, but who can benefit from antibiotics if the conditions do not improve (e.g., acute uncomplicated sinusitis or mild acute otitis media). Healthcare professionals can apply delayed prescribing practices by giving the patient or parent a postdated prescription and providing instructions to fill the prescription after a predetermined period of time or by instructing the patient to call or return to collect a prescription if symptoms worsen or do not improve.


	What is Watchful Waiting?

What is Watchful Waiting?

This tool is designed for healthcare professionals to use with patients. This prescription pad can be used to provide symptomatic relief with a clear plan for follow-up if infection symptoms worsen or do not improve.


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Sample Letter

Return to Day Care Letter

Return to Day Care Letter

When a child has been ill, many day cares will not allow a child to return without an antibiotic treatment. However, not all infections can or should be treated with an antibiotic. This letter explains that the child has a viral illness and will not be receiving antibiotics and should be allowed to return to day care once his or her fever is gone. Healthcare professionals should fill out and sign this letter for parents to give to their child's day care provider.

This letter is also available in Spanish.

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