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Can radiation poisoning be prevented?

The key to preventing radiation poisoning is to limit radiation exposure. Taking off contaminated clothing and washing with soap and water removes approximately 90 percent of external contamination. Some officials recommend that people living within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant have access to potassium iodide tablets, which can be used to reduce damage caused by radioactive iodine. Evacuating an area or taking shelter in a metal or concrete structure, preferably underground, can likewise reduce contact with radiation. For those who undergo medical procedures involving radiation, lead shields can be used to protect vulnerable parts of the body that do not require treatment. Finally, individuals who work with or near radioactive materials should wear badges to keep track of their exposure.

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