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Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States and threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal. CDC works to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in human health care, and educate patients about the importance of appropriate use. When we optimize how we use and prescribe these drugs, we protect patients from harm and combat antibiotic resistance.

  • U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018. Be antibiotics aware.

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 12-18, 2018

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Join CDC and partners as we celebrate the effort to combat the spread of antibiotic resistance and improve patient safety.




Information for patients on antibiotic use and resistance in Spanish.


Antibiotics Quiz

Male physician in white coat dispensing to white round tablets from a medicine bottle. He's wearing a stethoscope.

Test your knowledge by trying your hand at this quiz about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.