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Get Smart About Antibiotic Use

In Family, Friends, Health on November 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

It’s not often that I speak about health initiatives on my blog. Maybe it’s because my Master’s studies are in Health Communication and by the end of the day I’m overwhelmed with theories and concepts for change. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to blog more about social and health issues that are at the forefront of my studies. I thank you in advance for joining me on this new journey 🙂 Please provide me with feedback because it will help me to further develop my ideas!

Today I want to talk about the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) healthcare campaign titled Get Smart: Know when Antibiotics Work. It is a nationwide effort to combat inappropriate antibiotic use. This health initiative has been placed in the forefront because of fast developing drug resistant and antibiotic resistant diseases that stem from people taking antibiotics excessively or when they aren’t medically necessary. Doing so causes bacteria in your body to become resistant to medications that are initially intended to kill or weaken them.

The program is really great because it raises awareness about when to take antibiotics and when to avoid them, even if your prescriber suggests it.

Always remember, antibiotics are for bacteria NOT viruses (i.e. cold, flu, sore throat, etc.).

Visit CDC’s Get Smart Campaign Info for more info on the campaign.

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  1. So few people are educated on this topic. Thanks for posting- it’s good to educate!

    • My 2 year old got sick with a fever. So, on the second day I took her to the doctors mainly to get a doctor’s note to excuse me from work. I knew my little one just had a bug, like most children do, and it would run it’s course. That 3rd night she was back to normal and yet she was prescribed an antibiotic to take for the next 10 days. My husband and I both decided honey and warm chamomile cured her bug faster and we were not giving her the antibiotic 🙂 She’s a very healthy girl.She was a full-term, 8 pound baby and exclusively breastfed for the first year of her life. Of course she ate organic solids at 4 months and had juice and water but no formula 🙂

      • You both are awesome parents! The campaign’s target audience included parents of young children because often times prescribers are quick to give antibiotics when all the child really needs is chamomile and hugs 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! And I hope I can bring to light info about more health issues without it being daunting.

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