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Vaccinations 101

Take a shot and test your knowledge about vaccinations -- from side effects to the best time to get different vaccines.

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Vaccinations 101
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What are common side effects of childhood vaccines?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are common minor side effects. Your child may also sleep a little longer than usual.

Vaccinations 101
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Risk of serious side effects from a vaccine is very small compared with the risk of serious illness caused by catching the disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. There are countless medical studies that support the safety of vaccines and show that vaccines do not cause autism or any other childhood disease. There are risks, but they are lower than the risks associated with getting one of the illnesses the vaccines prevent.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How many infant deaths in the U.S. do vaccines prevent every year?

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The correct answer is: Vaccines prevent 20,000 infant deaths each year. Vaccines decrease mortality through reducing infections in children and adults.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: The chance that childhood vaccines benefit the typical child is at least 20 times greater than the chance of serious injury.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While there is some risk from vaccines, it's generally low.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Who shouldn't get the measles vaccine?

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The correct answer is: Measles vaccine should not be given to pregnant women or to people who have active tuberculosis, leukemia, lymphoma or a depressed immune system.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: One person with measles can infect 15 other people from up to 100 feet away.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Measles is highly contagious, which is why vaccinations are so important to prevent the spread of the virus.

Vaccinations 101
Question 7 of 20 Correct

What else is measles called?

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The correct answer is: In addition to morbilli, red measles and 10-day measles, measles is also known as coughing measles, hard measles and rubeola. It is an infection that is easily spread from one person to another.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Mothers can pass their measles immunity on to their infants.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Measles immunization is passed from an immunized mother to her baby and infants are generally protected against measles for the first six to eight months of life.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What is varicella also known as?

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The correct answer is: Varicella is another name for chicken pox. A vaccine for chicken pox is now available along with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

At what age can a child begin receiving the flu vaccine?

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The correct answer is: A child can receive the flu vaccine at 6 months and then annually thereafter.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Why should infants over 6 months old get the flu shot?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Young children are at high risk for serious flu-related complications. Antivirals are contraindicated because of side effects or have not been tested on that age group.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What food allergy may put children at risk of a reaction to the flu vaccine?

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The correct answer is: Flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs and may contain small amounts of egg protein. This may not affect children with mild allergies, but children with severe egg allergies should not be immunized without consulting a pediatric allergist.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk?

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The correct answer is: The original polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk, using a dead polio virus. It was only partially effective and needed to be administered repeatedly. The more potent vaccine used a live vaccine. It was created by Albert Sabin.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

For what disease did scientist Edward Jenner create a vaccination?

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The correct answer is: Edward Jenner learned that by exposing people to a weak virus called cowpox, the body would produce immunity to the virulent smallpox as well.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What's another name for pertussis?

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The correct answer is: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How often do you need a tetanus shot?

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The correct answer is: There are fewer than 100 cases per year in the United States, but it's a good idea to get the tetanus vaccine every ten years.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What ingredient was taken out of common childhood vaccines in 2001?

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The correct answer is: Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, was removed from vaccines as a precautionary measure.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What is the HPV vaccine designed to prevent?

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The correct answer is: Approved in 2006 by the Food and Drug Administration, the HPV vaccine is available for both males and females and helps prevent cervical cancer.

Vaccinations 101
Question 19 of 20 Correct

What organ does hepatitis B damage?

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The correct answer is: Hepatitis B is a potentially fatal liver disease that is spread through the blood. A vaccine is often given to infants immediately after birth, though some doctors recommend that only if the mother has the disease or at high risk for it. Ask your doctor before the birth.

Vaccinations 101
Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Studies have linked vaccinations to autism.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Large-scale epidemiologic studies in a number of countries clearly demonstrate that vaccines are not responsible for the autism epidemic.

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