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Health & Consumer Voice - December - 2008 Edition

Cold? Flu? Take care, not antibiotics

On 18 November, in Strasbourg, Commissioner for Health, Androullla Vassiliou launched the first European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This will be an annual event designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with inappropriate use of antibiotics and to provide information on the responsible use of antibiotics. Activities and events are planned across Europe in over 30 countries.

New surveillance data show that bacteria resistance to antibiotic treatments is increasing. However, national programmes in a number of countries are also making significant progress in reducing resistance to antibiotics.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU agency, is the main organiser of the event in collaboration with many stakeholders such as health professionals and scientists. The European Commission recognises the serious challenge that antimicrobial resistance poses for public health and works closely with Member States to address this issue. The control of antimicrobial resistance involves an inter-sectoral approach; working closely with human medicine, veterinary medicine and agricultural sector.

Commissioner Vassiliou’s video message about European Antibiotic Awareness Day is available at:

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