November 18 - 24, 2013: Get Smart - Know When Antibiotics Work Week

WHEREAS, Antibiotics are an important weapon against infectious bacterial diseases that can harm children, senior citizens, and people of all ages and walks of life; and,

WHEREAS, Inappropriate use of antibiotics for viral infections and antibiotic overuse in the treatment of bacterial infections has lead to an increase in the incidents of multiple drug-resistant organisms, compromising the ability of the health care industry to respond effectively to the needs of patients with antibiotic-resistant infections; and,

WHEREAS, Antibiotic resistance has become a global threat to the health of all people and, infections with resistant bacteria increase the cost and complexity of treating infections which previously were easily treated; and,

WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, partnering with the European Union “Antibiotic Awareness Day” and Canada, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition are devoting resources to enhance public and healthcare professional awareness regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition, in partnership with physician organizations, consumer groups, health plans, state and local public health organizations, intermediate school districts, and pharmaceutical companies, is educating health professionals, consumers, and students about the appropriate use of antibiotics; and,

WHEREAS, These collaborative efforts seek to increase awareness about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and ways to prevent the increase and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the week of November 18 through November 24 as Get Smart – Know When Antibiotics Work Week in Michigan.