Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

Antibiotic Awareness Week, which starts November 13 and ends November 19., is a chance to inform people about the proper use of antibiotics.

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the commemorations are running from today until Friday under the theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics, such as taking them for viral conditions like flu, or for mild infections that may clear-up without treatment is known to fuel resistance.

"Overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant, meaning current treatments will no longer work", he said. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource.

Medically important antimicrobials that are not now used in food production should not be used in the future in food production including in food-producing animals or plants. "One protected their DNA from the harmful effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and the other prevented doxycyline getting inside bacteria". In an address to the UN General Assembly in late 2016, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on consumers to choose "antibiotic free" meat, noting that doing so would help stem the "slow motion tsunami" of antimicrobial resistance.

Through overprescription and misuse, antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness. In addition, USDA's Acting Chief Scientist pushed back against the WHO recommendations contending that "The WHO guidelines are not in alignment with US policy and are not supported by sound science", and stating that the "recommendations erroneously conflate disease prevention with growth promotion in animals". Antibiotic Awareness 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.

MANY young Australians are asking for antibiotics when they don't need them.

"It's human nature for them to come in and expect something right away", says Hoa Nguyen, Emergency Room Director at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

It remains to be seen whether and to what extent WHO's recommendations will impact USA policy in this arena going forward.

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