CDC Goes Big for Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

At the same time, international events include antibiotic awareness weeks taking place in Australia, Canada, and Europe.

CDC announced it will release an important policy statement and national polling results on antibiotic resistance during Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, which takes place Nov. 12-18. The week will highlight the threat of antibiotic resistance and why it's important for consumers to use antibiotics appropriately, both nationally and globally.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners will:

  • Unveil a policy statement outlining strategies to conserve and replenish antibiotic resources
  • Release Pew Health Group 2012 poll results on Americans' knowledge and behaviors about antibiotic use and resistance
  • Launch the CDC/IHI Driver Diagram and Change Package for Antibiotic Stewardship, a conceptual model to improve antibiotic use in hospitals
  • Host Twitter chats on the use of antibiotics in doctors' offices and hospitals nationwide
  • Launch CDC's five-week television and YouTube campaign about using antibiotics only when necessary -- this is specifically created to reach parents of young children, according to the agency
  • Release Get Smart About Antibiotics Week fact sheets outlining important facts and messages on this topic for consumers/parents; health care providers; health care administrators, payers, and hospitalists; nursing homes; policy-makers; and others.

The events will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 13, wth a 10 a.m. EST telebriefing hosted by The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy to release the new policy statement. International events include antibiotic awareness weeks in Australia, Canada, and Europe.

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