According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. A growing list of infections are becoming harder to treat as antibiotics become less effective. APIC has created two versions of the ABCs of Antibiotics flier: one for consumers and one for healthcare professionals.

We encourage you to download and print these free fliers and share them with your healthcare facilities.

The ABCs of Antibiotics for Patients and Families

This infographic illustrates when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. It highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotics.

Download this infographic.
Access the Spanish version here.          Access the Italian version here.

The ABCs of Prescribing Antibiotics

Antibiotic use is the most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance worldwide. Therefore, healthcare providers must use caution when prescribing antibiotics. This infographic helps healthcare professionals prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This poster complements the original ABCs of Antibiotics for patients and families.

Download this infographic.


We thank APIC’s Communications Committee for helping to develop these special infographic posters.

Copyright disclosure
The resources on the following pages are free to download and share. We encourage the use of our consumer resources for infection prevention education, provided that the information is not modified. Please attribute these resources to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and include the links to additional resources (if applicable). If you have questions, please contact