Antibiotics: CDC Get Smart National Action Plan

Antibiotics: CDC Get Smart National Action Plan

By Evelyn Cunico, MA, MSLIS

Posted October 31, 2015

Definitions

Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, everyone should know that if you have a viral infection, such as, cold or flu, a runny nose, or a sore throat, antibiotics will not work for you.

On the other hand, if you have whooping cough, or strep throat, or urinary tract infection, antibiotics may help to cure you, because these illnesses are caused by bacteria.

Antibiotics Overuse

Even though antibiotics do not cure viral infections, more than half of antibiotics prescribed for patients who visit a clinic in the United States are inappropriately prescribed for viral infections, according to some estimates.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics threatens the effectiveness of these important drugs. The more often that antibiotics are used when they are not needed, the quicker that bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

A key strategy to control antibiotic resistance is to decrease inappropriate use of antibiotics.

CDC Get Smart National Action Plan

The CDC has launched a National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The name of the CDC National Action Plan is “Get Smart.” You can begin to learn about the National Action Plan by visiting the website titled, “Get Smart Programs and Observances.”

To learn more about antibiotics, visit the following series of CDC websites, titled, “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

Disclaimer – The information presented in this blog should not replace the medical advice of your doctor. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any disease, illness, or other health condition without first consulting with your medical doctor or other healthcare provider.

Information Resources on CDC Get Smart Programs

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Get Smart Programs and Observances.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)\

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “About Antibiotic Use and Resistance.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “What Everyone Should Know.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “What You Can Do.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “Antibiotic Resistance Questions and Answers.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “Facts about Antibiotic Resistance.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. “Antibiotics Quiz.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. Glossary.” A dictionary of terms used throughout the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work website.
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

More Information Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “About Antimicrobial Resistance.”
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Antibiotic Resistance Questions and Answers.”
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Fast Facts.”
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. “Show Me the Science: Why Wash Your Hands.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization Schedules. “For Everyone: Easy-to-Read Schedules.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

Mayo Clinic. Health Lifestyle. Consumer Health. Antibiotics: Misuse Puts You and Others at Risk.
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

National Institutes of Health. NIH News in Health. Monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Stop the Spread of Superbugs. Help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria.” Defines “superbugs,” explains danger of taking antibiotics when not necessary, and discusses importance of “good bacteria.”
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

National Institutes of Health. U.S. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Antibiotic Resistance.” Overview with a “Start Here” list of online resources. Includes Definitions, Latest News, Pictures, Prevention, Specific Conditions, and Treatment.
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Combating Antibiotic Resistance.” Plain language description of how antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses, and directions for proper use.
(Accessed 12 October 2015)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Safe Food Handling: What You Need to Know.”
(Accessed 31 October 2015)

 

 

 

 

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