What are the benefits of using social media to participate in National Penicillin Allergy Day?

Facebook and Twitter can be excellent platforms to provide awareness to your community on the value and availability of penicillin allergy testing.

Below are some examples of posts that can be tailored to your health system or practice. When posting, be sure to use one of the following National Penicillin Allergy Day hashtags:

#NPAD      #NPAD18      #NationalPenicillinAllergyDay

It's also helpful to include a hyperlink to the NPAD website. Below is a shortened URL you can use when tweeting in lieu of posting the full web address to help you stay under Twitter's 140-character limit.

http://bit.ly/NatPenAllergy

What are some posts I could use?

Twitter

Click a button to pull up a Compose New Tweet dialogue pre-filled with one of the messages below.
Once you've made any necessary edits, all there's left to do is hit send!

Today is #NationalPenicillinAllergyDay! We're excited for this day to bring awareness to penicillin allergies & testing! http://bit.ly/NatPenAllergy

#DYK that 9 out of 10 of those told they have a penicillin allergy don't? Learn more at http://bit.ly/NatPenAllergy

Curious how to find out if you're really allergic to penicillin? Contact our office to schedule an assessment: (XXX) XXX-XXXX #NPAD

“[INSERT PRACTICE OR HOSPITAL NAME] is penicillin allergy aware! #NPAD18” [INSERT PHOTO OF CUSTOMIZEED POSTER]

#DYK that 9 out of 10 of those told they have a penicillin allergy don't? @CDCgov [INSERT CDC PENICILLIN ALLERGY GRAPHIC] Download CDC social media images here

Facebook

To share a message, first copy the text, then click the button beside it to take you to your Facebook profile.

From there, paste the message into the Status Update box, make any necessary edits, then hit send!

[We are/I am] so excited that today is #NationalPenicillinAllergyDay! The goal of today is to bring education and awareness around penicillin allergies and the benefits of allergy testing. To learn more about penicillin allergy and National Penicillin Allergy Day, visit: http://NationalPenicillinAllergyDay.com

Did you know that about 80 percent of patients with a penicillin allergy lose their sensitivity after 10 years? This means if you have had a penicillin allergy preiously, you should ask your physician about an allergy evaluation and discuss your testing options to find out if you are still truly allergic or not. To learn more, visit [INSERT PRACTICE OR HOSPITAL WEBSITE].

Did you know that an unverified penicillin allergy is currently recognized as significant public health risk? [INSERT PRACTICE OR HOSPITAL NAME] offers penicillin allergy testing for qualified patients to improve antibiotic prescribing and combat antibiotic resistance. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more.

References

Statement: "9 out of 10 of those told they have penicillin allergy don't"

  1. Salkind, Alan R., Paul G. Cuddy, and John W. Foxworth. "Is this patient allergic to penicillin?: an evidence-based analysis of the likelihood of penicillin allergy." Jama 285.19 (2001): 2498-2505.

Statement: "Did you know that an unverified penicillin allergy is currently recognized as a significant public health risk?"

  1. Macy, E. “Penicillin allergy: optimizing diagnostic protocols, public health implications, and future research needs.” Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26110680. Accessed 17 Aug. 2017.

Statement: "Did you know that about 80% of patients with a penicillin allergy lose their sensitivity after 10 years?

  1. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, et al. "Drug allergy: an updated practice parameter." Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology: official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 105.4 (2010): 259.