November is C. difficile Infection Awareness Month! Join us in the fight by participating in a variety of events that let you support the cause while doing the things you love to do. Here’s a listing of many ways the C Diff Foundation is spreading awareness with ways to prevent acquiring this infection while raising funds.
How to be a resistance fighter? Limit the use of Antibiotics! Understand that antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and not viruses: colds, flu and most coughs are caused by viruses and will get better on their own. Treat your flu and cold symptoms and let your immune system fight the virus. Antibiotics will not help you get better quickly, and may give you side effects such as diarrhea and thrush. They can also lead to acquired C. diff. infections. They won’t stop your virus spreading to other people only YOU can do that with good hand hygiene. Don’t ask for antibiotics , instead ask your doctor about the best way to treat your symptoms. If you are prescribed antibiotics ask your doctor about the risks and benefits and always take them exactly as prescribed. Never take someone else’s antibiotics, always speak with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or healthcare professional when symptoms linger or worsen.
Let us all take the “Resistance Fighter” Pledge and feel free to share the pledge with everyone you know:
I will not expect antibiotics for colds and flu as they have no effect on viruses.
I will take antibiotics as directed IF I am prescribed them, and not ask for them.
I will practice good hygiene, making hand washing #1, and help stop giving germs a free ride.
Now we can ALL spread knowledge, not infections and encourage others to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.
“Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” CDC Campaign :
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week has been an annual effort to coordinate the work of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. The campaign organized its first annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week in 2008. CDC’s Get Smart campaign, housed in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, collaborated with state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns and non-profit and for-profit partners. The success of the pilot year was measured by 1) dissemination of educational materials and messages, 2) partner satisfaction, and 3) media interest. A robust evaluation of the pilot week determined that each of these goals was met and exceeded. This was followed by other successful Get Smart About Antibiotics Week observances.
During November 17-23, 2014, the annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed. As in past years, the effort will coordinate work of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. As with the past observances, messages and resources for improving antibiotic use in healthcare settings from CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare campaign will be included. Get Smart for Healthcare is a program housed in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
- Ask your physician questions such as, “Do I really need an antibiotic?”
- Bacteria only, not viruses (common cold, flu), can be killed by antibiotics.
- Complete the entire course of prescribed antibiotics, even if you feel better midway through.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacterial changes reduce or eliminate an antibiotic’s ability to kill the bacteria.
The Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recommends the following:
- Take antibiotics only and exactly as instructed by your healthcare provider.
- Only take antibiotics prescribed for you.
- Do not save or share antibiotics prescribed to you.
- Do not pressure your healthcare provider to prescribe you antibiotics.
Shop Amazon to Give to the C Diff Foundation
It’s a pleasure to share the new way to give to the C Diff Foundation. Amazon will share a portion of the proceeds from your purchases with the C Diff Foundation. While you are shopping on-line you are also donating, and we are grateful. Here is how it works:
* Shop Amazon through AmazonSmile and select C Diff Foundation as your charity.
Click on the link below to access their site.
Sign into your Amazon Account with ID and Password. Scroll down past the default chosen Charity and at the following option
Or pick your own charitable organization:________
Type in C Diff Foundation and press Enter
It is as easy as that!
2nd Annual “Raising C. difficile infection and Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI’s) Awareness” Conference on November 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am. The event will be hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center West,
828 S. Wolcott Avenue, M. M. Thompson Room – C, Chicago, IL 60612
Twitter chats and daily tweets in honor of Raising C. difficile infection Awareness Week From November 1st through November 7th.
Follow the C Diff Foundation on Facebook, Twitter @CDiffFoundation, Pinetrest, and LinkedIn and join the fight.
Thank you for your support that helps our mission continue moving forward. Educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.
Be sure to check our C Diff Foundation page often as new events are added weekly.