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World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

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

13-19, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners will reach out to the general public, health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry and others via a social media campaign using infographics, quizzes and success stories to raise awareness of the need to act on antibiotic resistance and what kinds of steps we can take.

"Too often we see patients in the dental chair who have been treated inappropriately with antibiotics for a dental condition which should and could have been treated effectively by a dentist-sometimes without the need for antibiotics".

Antibiotics are a valuable and powerful tool in keeping people well - but inappropriate use is causing a growth in antimicrobial resistance, undermining the effectiveness of antibiotics and threatening common medical treatments and surgery.

Members of the HPRU will also be on hand to provide information about antibiotic resistance and give people the opportunity to play a number of games related to resistance. This year's theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

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The issue is a concern to health agencies around the world as growing numbers of infections - such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonella - are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. The session will be held outside of the hospital's cafeteria on Tuesday, November 14th from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.

Alternative options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals include improving hygiene, better use of vaccination, and changes in animal housing and husbandry practices.

"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". Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them.

Among the WHO's the highest priority antibiotics are quinolones, 3rd and higher generation cephalosporins, macrolides and ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins (also known as colistin).

"Antibiotic resistance is a very real problem across the world and everyone must take responsibility for their careful use", Australian Dental Association (ADA) president Dr Hugo Sachs said.