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Can bacterial infections be prevented?

One of the best ways to prevent bacterial infections is to maintain a healthy immune system. Several bacterial infections, including diphtheria and pneumonia, may be prevented by receiving vaccinations against the bacteria. Since many bacterial infections occur in hospital settings, making sure healthcare professionals wash their hands frequently may also help prevent the spread of infections.

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