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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12-18, 2018Published November 6, 2018

This year the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) will run between November 12 to 18.  Organized by the CDC, this week long campaign brings awareness to healthcare professionals and the public on the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of using antibiotic appropriately.

The CDC has prepared a partner toolkit for institutions that want to participate in this event. The toolkit contains key messages, social media content (#AntibioticResistance, #USAAW18, #BeAntibioticsAware), graphics and more.

Below is a sample of events that will be promoted during each day of the 2018 Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Monday, November 12

  • Special edition of the CDC Safe Healthcare Blog which will feature a story on successful implementation of antimicrobial stewardship program for veterans
  • Publication of an article that describes drivers of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and potential interventions

Tuesday, November 13

Wednesday, November 14

Thursday, November 15

  • Kick-off of a global Twitter storm from 9-10 am EST at #AntibioticResistance with the message Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent global health threats. Everyone has a role to play in improving antibiotic use to help fight #AntibioticResistance
  • New antimicrobial stewardship core elements for resource-limited settings

Friday, November 16

During this week, also look for blogposts from Nebraska ASAP and UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases on antibiotic stewardship and appropriate antibiotic prescribing.  We are excited for this year’s events and we hope you will participate in this important patient safety and public health initiative.

Written by Phil Chung, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Page last reviewed: November 12, 2018