World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

“Antibiotics do not treat viral infections like colds and flu.” GIF used with permission from the WHO

“Antibiotics do not treat viral infections like colds and flu.” GIF used with permission from the WHO

The Be Antibiotics Aware platform provides an overview of antibiotic awareness. The Global Week of Antibiotic Awareness aims at increasing knowledge of the population, medical personnel and politicians, about resistance to antibacterial medications.

For this week's World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017), researchers at IDS and Future Health Systems have published new research on Antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage the global investment needed to build resilient health systems in order to address growing drug resistance long-term.

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The research comes on the back of Public Health England's (PHE) recent "Keep Antibiotics Working" campaign, aimed at stopping a potential "post-antibiotic apocalypse" caused by too many diseases gaining resistance. In 2015, the state passed legislation to ban the use of medically important antibiotics on healthy animals raised in California, unless prescribed by a veterinarian.

According to Doctor Farah the need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date.

WHO | World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017
Council highlights taking antibiotics when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk

Though the United States has made progress toward optimal prescribing and use of antibiotics for patients, there is still room for improvement.

In the US, the overuse of antibiotics in food animals, and the resulting growth of superbugs, leads each year to at least 2 million infections that are getting harder to treat and 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine, but estimates up to 50 percent prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. They also have side effects, and may do more harm than good. "CDC encourages healthcare professionals and patients to talk through the best ways to feel better and what treatment options are most effective".

The National Infections Prevention Control of the World Health Organization, Moses Bolongei, notes that over and under usage of antibiotic leads to its resistance, saying that we should always follow the complete dose of the health care worker, and reminds that though Ebola is over, but the process of washing hands should not be over.

The promotion of smart use of antibiotics is a priority in Arkansas and worldwide.

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