Appropriate Antibiotic Use

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Be Antibiotics Aware  is a national effort to help fight antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics can save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. In U.S. doctors’ offices and emergency departments, at least 28% of antibiotic courses prescribed each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.

CDC’s Initiative to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
Combating antibiotic resistance, a global threat.

CDC is working to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance through its Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. Find out how you can help.

Treatment for Common Illnesses

Causes, symptoms, treatment, and how to feel better. See Treatment for Common Illnesses.