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Drug Resistance

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.
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Protect patients from antibiotic resistance

Protect every patient every time: Actions to prevent antibiotic-resistant HAIs.

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Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfrom Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Protect patients from antibiotic resistance

Learn what you and your healthcare provider can do to prevent HAIs and stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs.

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Antibiotics are miracle drugs and are urgently needed for illnesses like sepsis and bloodstream infections, but not viruses. Use antibiotics appropriately to ensure they work when we need them most.

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Antibiotics aren’t always the answer to your sick child. Many common infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. As a parent, ask your provider what the best care is for your child, which might not include an antibiotic.

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Not sure what’s got you sick? Use this chart to find out if antibiotics will help. Antibiotics will not kill viruses.

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Did you know? Antibiotics are life-saving, antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not all ear infections and sore throats require antibiotics, green colored mucus is not a sign of a bacterial infection and that taking antibiotics does have risks.

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Healthcare providers: Do you stray from prescribing guidelines for these reasons? Click to learn how to avoid these consequences and still prescribe appropriately.

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Healthcare professionals: improve antibiotic prescribing by staying up to date on clinical guidelines, communicating with patients regarding expectations, and counseling patients about antibiotic resistance.

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Protect patients: Stop spread of infections

Working together is vital. Public health leadership is critical so that facilities are alerted to data about resistant infections, C. difficile, or outbreaks in the area, and can target effective prevention strategies. Ask your provider how they are adopting a coordinated approach.

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