Antibiotic Resistance: A Pressing Public Health Issue

Each year in the US, more than two million individuals become sick with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and more than 23,000 die as a result of these infections. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them.

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue, and together we can reduce this threat by optimizing antibiotic use and providing the best patient care. All stakeholders can play an important role in improving how antibiotics are used, to ensure that these drugs are available and effective when most needed.

To help share information about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use during US Antibiotic Awareness Week (#USAAW18), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has compiled the following educational infographics and resources on the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use:

1. Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge: Commitment to Appropriate Antibiotic Use

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Source: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

2. The Impact of C. difficile Infection (CDI)

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Source: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

3. What You Need to Know About Antibiotic Resistance

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Source: World Health Organization

4. Misusing and Overusing Antibiotics Puts Us All at Risk

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Source: World Health Organization

5. Viruses or Bacteria: What’s Got You Sick?

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6. Antibiotic Resistance: The Global Threat

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Everyone has a role to play in preventing antibiotic resistance!

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