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Can typhoid fever be prevented?

Typhoid fever can be prevented by planning ahead. If you're planning on traveling to a country where typhoid fever is an issue, getting a vaccine may be a good idea. Vaccines can be taken by mouth or injection, and they usually protect you from infection for at least two years. When traveling in countries where typhoid is a problem, make sure you wash your hands a lot. Don't drink any water that's not bottled or purified, including the water used in ice cubes and in brushing your teeth. Also, try not to eat raw fruits and vegetables-instead, choose foods that are served extremely hot since any bacteria will likely have been killed.

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