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Year in Review: Reflecting on 2018 News Stories

NFID has compiled the top five important infectious disease stories of 2018, highlighting developments in disease prevention and treatment and the importance of timely vaccination across the lifespan…

Antibiotic Resistance: A Pressing Public Health Issue

Each year in the US, more than two million individuals become sick with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and more than 23,000 die as a result of these infections. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them…

Improving Conversations about Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue, and together we can reduce this threat by optimizing antibiotic use and empowering ourselves to give the best care. Everyone can play a role in improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used so that these drugs are available when we need them the most.

Be #AntibioticSmart: Help Fight Resistance

It is not too late to slow the spread of resistant bacteria. Prevention is key! Working together, we must identify and stop outbreaks faster, track the spread of disease more quickly, and improve the way antibiotics are used in healthcare and agriculture to preserve the effectiveness of these precious medicines.

5 Ways to Advance Antimicrobial Stewardship in 2017

Significant increases in worldwide antimicrobial resistance has created an urgent need for the appropriate use and management of antibiotic prescribing. During 2017, take these 5 steps to help advance antimicrobial stewardship…

National Patient Safety Week: Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance

With a focus on increasing awareness of patient safety among healthcare professionals and consumers, National Patient Safety Awareness Week provides an opportunity to highlight an issue that affects more than 700,000 patients each year—healthcare-associated infections.

Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance through Stewardship and Vaccines

Antimicrobial resistance is a serious health threat that affects the clinical outcome of patients and also results in higher rates of adverse events and healthcare costs. The discovery of potent antimicrobial agents was one of the greatest contributions to medicine in the 20th century. Unfortunately, the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens now threatens these advances. Antimicrobial resistance affects everybody and knows no geographic boundaries—a resistant deadly pathogen may be just a plane ride away.

Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer

Colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses — they only cure bacterial infections, such as strep throat or whooping cough. Using antibiotics to treat a virus may actually do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment, otherwise…