CDC to announce new polling data on antibiotics use in U.S.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that it would present new data on antibiotic use and understanding in the United States during its Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be held on November 12-18 and will focus on the threat posed by increasing antibiotic resistance and the importance of using antibiotics appropriately.

The CDC will use events held during the week to unveil a new policy statement outlining the agency's strategies to conserve and replenish antibiotic resources. The Pew Health Group, working in conjunction with the CDC, will release its poll results on Americans' knowledge and behaviors about antibiotic use and resistance.

In addition to hosting a series of social media chats on the use of antibiotics in doctors' offices and hospitals, the CDC will launch a five week television and YouTube campaign of videos to inform parents and their children about using antibiotics only when necessary.

"The threat of untreatable infections is real," Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, the associate director for health associated infection prevention programs at the CDC, said. "Although previously unthinkable, the day when antibiotics don't work is upon us. We are already seeing germs that are stronger than any antibiotics we have to treat them."