European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Held every 18 November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a day to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics.

EAAD is part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which focuses on antibiotics and sets out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. 
This year, Public Health England has established the Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign. It calls on everyone in the UK, the public and healthcare community to become an antibiotics guardian by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines. 
European Antibiotic Awareness Day is supported by:

  • Public Health England
  • the Department of Health’s expert advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections (ARHAI)
  • the Vetinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
  • local authorities
  • the devolved administrations 
  • professional bodies and organisations 

The UK is working together towards a joint animal and human “One Health” initiative. We’re asking the NHS, local authorities and others to support EAAD to make a significant impact locally and nationally.

Public Health England has produced a variety of resources used to promote EAAD.

If you use social media to promote the campaign, please remember to use the #AntibioticGuardian hashtag.
Click the links below to find out more about this initiative: