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 save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. In U.S. doctors’ offices and emergency departments, at least 47 million antibiotic prescriptions 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.

Antibiotics save lives, but any time they are used, they can lead to antibiotic resistance. CDC is working to combat this threat through its Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. Find out how you can help.