Can secondary bacterial infections be prevented?

There are a handful of ways you can prevent yourself from getting bacterial infections, most of which apply to secondary bacterial infections as well. The first is simply washing your hands. Since most infections come from contact, keeping your hands germ-free will help keep them from entering your body. Vaccinations are also crucial in preventing bacterial infections, especially in children. If you do find you have a virus, stay home and rest. Contact with other people is an easy way to pick up bacteria, so avoiding them will certainly help. Finally, do not travel when you are ill - with so many people confined in a small space on a plane, it is easy to pick up a secondary infection.

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