Allen County Public Health supports antibiotic awareness

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This, in turn, limits the arsenal of antibiotics that healthcare professionals are able to use to tackle disease effectively.

Start planning now for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017.

The Ministry of Health says antibiotics are a valuable and powerful tool in keeping people well, but inappropriate use is causing a growth in antimicrobial resistance. Taking antibiotics when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk of developing infections which in turn can not be easily treated with antibiotics.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

"It's partly about explaining to patients why antibiotics won't help".

NICE says stewardship programmes - where healthcare providers are taught specifically when and where to use antibiotic treatment - could slow down the development of medicine resistance in diseases. But it's also about giving them some practical advice that will help them, or their child, feel better - getting good rest, ensuring adequate fluid intake, and advising on proper pain relief.

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.

The responsible use of antibiotics will be in the spotlight this weekend as European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked this Saturday, and it has the support of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

"We often forget that things we take for granted, like chemotherapy and surgery, would not be possible without antibiotics".

"It's therefore really important that people use antibiotics in the right way - the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration".

The "Keep Antibiotics Working" campaign urges residents in Cumbria to always trust their doctor, nurse or pharmacist's advice as to when they need antibiotics and if they are prescribed, take antibiotics as directed and never save them for later use or share them with others.

The WHO said their guidelines contribute directly to the aims of the Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015 and the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted in 2016.

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