Nov 13 – 19, 2017 is Antibiotic Awareness Week

  |   One Health

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”) is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Washington Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring Nov 13-17, 2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Antibiotic resistance, when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them, may be the single most important infectious disease threat of our time. Already more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics every year – and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

The single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for us to change the way antibiotics are prescribed and used. If we don’t take better care of the antibiotics we have today, we may lose these antibiotics and the next ones that come along. Antibiotics and all they support could become obsolete. We risk turning back the clock to a world where simple infections can kill people as they did a century ago because we have no way to treat them.

The WSVMA, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and University of Washington Center for One Health Research, has developed the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials brochure on the use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice. The brochure was developed especially for veterinarians and includes key information to help practitioners prescribe antibiotics wisely. It also includes tips for communicating with clients, especially when prescribing antibiotics is not warranted.

For more information, please contact the WSVMA office at (800) 399-7862.


Posted November 17, 2017