Get Smart About Antibiotics

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 20, 2016 9:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A nationwide campaign is seeking to educate the public on when and when not to use antibiotics.

Pennsylvania is among the participants in Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, which wraps up today.

Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's Physician General, and other health experts, say the overuse of antibiotics can lead to disease-resistant organisms which can cause an estimated 23-thousand preventable deaths a year.

"Antibiotics are very, very important medications, but it's really important to use them very carefully and judiciously.  So they shouldn't really be preasuring their doctors to prescribe antibiotics when they're not necessary," Levine said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is partnering with health officials at the local, county, state and federal levels in this education effort.

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