November 12 through November 17, 2012: 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 led to an increase in the incidents of multiple drug-resistant organisms; this compromises the ability of the health care industry to respond effectively to the needs of patients with antibiotic-resistant infections; and,

WHEREAS, 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 have partnered with the European Union "Antibiotic Awareness Day" and Canada, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition to enhance public and healthcare professional awareness regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics; 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; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage citizens to take antibiotics as prescribed, to talk with their healthcare providers and to prevent infections and reduce the development and spread of germs through careful hand washing and immunizations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday, November 12 through Saturday, November 17, 2012 as Get Smart - Know When Antibiotics Work Week in Michigan.