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Get Smart Week stresses the need to practice antibiotic stewardship

Thunderclap, Twitter chat among resources available to physicians to spread the word about appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.


The AOA is helping raise awareness about the threat of antibiotic resistance by partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart Week 2016, held Nov. 14-20.

According to the CDC, up to 30% of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, which could lead to people developing infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Opportunities to promote antibiotic stewardship throughout the week include:

  • Sign up for the #AntibioticSmart Thunderclap campaign, which will be held at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 14.
  • Join the CDC’s #AntibioticResistance Twitter chat at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 18.
  • Download and share with your patients print materials about antibiotics.
  • Share this antibiotics quiz with your network.

Learn more about Get Smart Week on the CDC’s website.

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