Pennsylvania NEWS

Dept. of Health Holds Annual Antibiotics Aware Competition

An estimated 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary. Incorrectly prescribed antibiotics contribute to the promotion of resistant bacteria. Each year, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
As part of the Be Antibiotics Aware Art Competition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health invites children to help raise awareness of which tools to use (medication to take) when you are sick.

This year's campaign theme is "Use the Right Tool." It is important to know what to do to avoid getting sick and what medication to take if you do become sick. Antibiotics do NOT kill viruses. Preventing antibiotic misuse starts first with preventing illnesses. Washing your hands, staying up-to-date on vaccinations, and staying hydrated are just a few ways to stay healthy.

Visit the Department of Health's Antibiotic Awareness section of its website for entry guidelines. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on October 12, 2018. The top 3 entries in each of the 2 age-group brackets will be awarded a prize and winning entries will be displayed on the Department of Health website.