Significant action from national and international leadership is needed to encourage and require antimicrobial stewardship programs in healthcare organizations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Flu View, seasonal influenza activity in the U.S. is currently high. Thousands have already been hospitalized this season from influenza-associated illnesses and flu activity has continued to increase.
About 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are used in the animal health and agriculture sectors. This portion contributes significantly to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as antibiotic dosing regimens tend to be less controlled in agriculture compared to human medicine. AMR is one of our world’s most pressing healthcare challenges and the misuse of antibiotics causes AMR to occur more rapidly.