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gov-proclamation-antibiotic-awareness-2018.jpgAntibiotic Awareness Week
November 12-18

Gov. Kay Ivey has proclaimed the week of November 12 through 18 Antibiotic Awareness Week as a way to improve antibiotic stewardship in Alabama. View Proclamation. The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Healthcare Associated Infections program is dedicated to the reduction of antibiotic resistance, a major threat to the public health. More than two million people become ill each year with antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 23,000 die as a result.

Antibiotic resistance is caused by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in general and the overuse of selected agents in particular; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed recommendations for health care professionals regarding best practices for the judicious use of antibiotics as well as educational materials for healthcare professionals, veterinarians, and the general public. Appropriate use of antibiotics in people and animals is a key solution to addressing the threat of antibiotic resistance; and education about appropriate antibiotic use and changed attitudes and practices of healthcare professionals, veterinarians, and the general public alike will contribute to appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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