Educate patients about the proper use of antibiotics to protect public health


Patients are often quick to request antibiotics when they have the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. What they may not realize is that most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and not bacteria, and antibiotics aren’t suitable for viral infections.

We know it can be challenging to get your patients to understand this, and we’re here to help. Use our viral infection Rx pad to educate your patients about antibiotics and help guide the conversation when patients present viral infection symptoms.

For helpful information on antibiotic prescribing, including HEDIS quality measures and guidance, check out this provider resource.

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Nov. 18-24, 2020

  • At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in outpatient settings in the U.S. are prescribed unnecessarily.
  • More than 2.8 million infections from bacteria are resistant to antibiotics each year in the U.S.
  • More than 35,000 people die annually as a direct result of antibiotic resistance.

Learn more about what you can do to raise awareness about the proper use of antibiotics.


*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. Retrieved from Last accessed Oct. 16, 2020.U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Nov. 18-24, 2020