By Andrew W.K.G.
How to prevent a pandemic?
How to stop an antibiotic surge.
The new CDC guidelines are a stark reminder that antibiotics are a very real and pressing threat to our health.
If we continue to ignore this reality, we will continue to suffer.
But a new report published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine suggests we need to take action now.
The new guidelines outline a series of steps that women can take to prevent or minimize the spread of antibiotic resistance.
These include following up on routine infections, getting tested regularly for infection and getting vaccinated.
The guidelines also outline how to get vaccinated and manage the risk of contracting resistance.
“Antibiotic resistance is a major public health threat, and it is an urgent need that needs to be addressed,” said American College and Preventive Medicine Director of Science and Technology Policy Katherine M. Leffler in a statement.
“The CDC has identified the critical roles that antibiotic resistance plays in the spread and development of antibiotic-resistance infections, and the new guidelines are an important step in addressing this issue.”
The American College for Obstetrician and Gynaecologist recommends women be tested for antibiotic-related infections at least once a year, get tested for infection once a month and get vaccinated at least every three months.
The recommendation also recommends women get tested more frequently and receive a flu vaccine.
The guidelines suggest that women take antibiotics to prevent antibiotic-associated infections, such as those caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, commonly known as the superbug, as well as infections caused by bacteria in their breasts or genital areas.
If the bacteria are found in the vaginal or anal areas, the guidelines recommend that the women get antibiotics to treat the infection.
The recommendations also say women should get tested once a week and get tested regularly, even if the person is still pregnant.
The recommendations say women with an STI should get an antibiotic prescription within 24 hours of coming into contact with the STI.
“The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecol recommends that women be screened for STIs at least annually and get an initial antibiotic prescription at least twice a year,” the statement says.
“If STIs are found, women should receive a first antibiotic prescription and follow with subsequent antibiotics if the STIs have persisted or recurred.”
We also recommend that women get an annual flu vaccine, and should receive additional flu shots if necessary,” the guidelines say.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says it has not yet seen a significant rise in antibiotic-preventable infections over the past two decades, and says the rise in resistance is not due to better diagnostic testing.
The academy notes that the number of infections caused in the U.S. each year has been declining.
The CDC’s new guidelines suggest women get screened once a day and get a flu shot within 24 to 72 hours of being tested.
The AAP also says women who are pregnant should get a first-line antibiotic prescription, as the bacteria can be transmitted to the baby through vaginal or oral contact.”
In addition, women who have not yet been diagnosed with STIs should get additional antibiotics as soon as possible to control the risk for acquiring an infection and preventing new infections,” the American Academy’s statement says, “particularly if they have been tested multiple times in the past year.
“The CDC’s guidelines also recommend getting tested for urinary tract infections, including urinary tract infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, also known as MRSA.
The group says this is a very common infection that can spread from person to person.
The CDC recommends women wear a mask and gloves when they get into close contact with an infected person.”
While the CDC has recommended that women use a mask for personal hygiene and personal protection, the agency acknowledges that personal protective equipment may not be required for routine activities, including personal care, personal grooming, and personal care work,” the new CDC guidance says.
The U.N. agency says the new recommendations come on the heels of a number of international recommendations that have come out since last year’s pandemic.