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The 2015 Art Competition has offically begun!

We welcome all children age 12 and younger to participate in the 2015 Get Smart about Antibiotics art competition.

We are accepting entries through October 31, 2015

The winners will be announced during National Get Smart Week, November 16-22, 2015.

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In the News

Weather events might trigger the overflow of pathogens in cities | Penn Current

Midstate profile: Lower Allen girl gets second place in statewide drawing contest | The Sentinel

Richfield girl among winners | The Sentinel

Department of Health Sponsors Children’s Art Competition in Recognition of Get Smart about Antibiotics Week | Reuters

On September 18, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order calling for a national plan to fight antibiotic resistance | The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

New way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Target human cells instead | R&D Magazine

CDC reports its top 5 health threats or 2014; HPV, superbugs on the list | Cleveland.com

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” an increasingly dangerous health risk | Salon

Antibiotics in animals tied to risk of human infection | New York Times

CDC sets threat level for drug-resistant ‘super bugs’ | CNN

What every parent should know about antibiotics and superbugs | Heathline

Government inks deal with GlaxoSmithKline to tackle drug resistance | Huffington Post

4 flu vaccine myths | ABC news

What to do if you have a cold or flu | CDC website

How to discard unused medication | CDC website

The right way to treat an ear infection | Parents Magazine

Most common childhood respiratory illnesses like flu, colds, cough and sore throats are caused by viruses. Getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, following proper hand hygiene and keeping children home until they feel better can reduce the spread of these infections to other children. Antibiotics are usually not needed.

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, not those caused by viruses. Unnecessary use of antibiotics increases the risk of getting an antibiotic resistant infection, making it harder to treat. Therefore, judicious use of antibiotics is the key to addressing this major public health problem. Parents, healthcare providers and child care center providers can work together to prevent childhood illnesses. Efforts such as proper hand washing, keeping the environment clean and being up-to-date on vaccines, including flu vaccine, are effective ways to prevent common illnesses, which reduces need for treatment. This approach also contributes to community-based efforts to promote judicious use of antibiotics.

Our aims are to:

  1. Provide practical information to assist in prevention of common childhood illnesses in childcare settings.
  2. Promote appropriate use of antibiotics

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Our program is based on best practices developed in studies conducted in Pennsylvania as well as other places.

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