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

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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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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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Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the US. Learn more about how CDC proposes preventing infections and improving antibiotic prescribing to save 37,000 lives from drug-resistant infections over 5 years.

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CRE, or the “nightmare bacteria,” are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. CRE have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today. Almost half of hospital patients who get bloodstream infections from CRE bacteria die from the infection.

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Antibiotic resistance, when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill the, threaten our healthcare, community, and food. CDC’s Solutions Initiative aims to combat antibiotic-resistance bacteria.

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Antibiotic stewardship programs ensure patients get the right antibiotics at the right time for the right duration. Ask your healthcare provider how they are practicing antibiotic stewardship.

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50% of all antibiotics prescribed in US health provider offices are either unnecessary or inappropriate. Learn when antibiotics do and don’t work.

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Get Smart about Antibiotics Week is November 16-22, 2015. Taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful for your child’s health and unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat.

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Get Smart about Antibiotics Week is November 16-22, 2015. Taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful for your child’s health and unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat.

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Public health departments and health care facilities must work together now to stop the spread of drug-resistant infections in the future. Learn more: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/stop-spread

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This Antibiotic Development is Dwindling graphic illustrates that fewer antibiotics are becoming available in recent years as compared to the 1980s.

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This antibiotic prescribing map illustrates geographic trends in outpatient antibiotic prescribing across the United States.

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This virus bacteria chart explains which common illnesses are caused by bacteria or viruses and when antibiotics are needed.

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This Good News / Bad News graphic illustrates that amount of antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections in children younger than 15 years of age.

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This is the Get Smart About Antibiotics Week logo. This is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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This is the Get Smart on the Farm logo. This program promotes appropriate use of antibiotics in animals, serves as a liaison among the public health community, veterinarians, and food animal producers, and builds relationships between CDC and the animal agriculture industry in the United States.

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This is the Get Smart for Healthcare logo. This program focuses on helping clinicians prescribe the right drugs for the right patients at the right doses and times.

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This is the Get Smart Know When Antibiotics Work logo. This program focuses on appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics for common illnesses in children and adults.

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