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Do you really need a vaccination for shingles, whooping cough or pneumonia? What about the flu? Test your knowledge with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Roughly how many Americans get the flu each year?

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The correct answer is: The annual percentage varies, but somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year. More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu annually.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which of these groups has a high risk for flu complications?

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The correct answer is: These groups are most at risk for flu complications: pregnant women, children under age 5 (especially under 2), people age 65 and older and people with certain chronic health conditions, including asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help make your flu shot more effective?

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The correct answer is: Getting a good night's sleep the night before your flu shot may boost its effectiveness. One study suggests sleep boosts the vaccine's ability to produce antibodies, the proteins your body needs to fight the flu.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How long does it take a flu shot to begin working?

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The correct answer is: The shot takes about two weeks to start working. That's why doctors recommend getting the vaccine about six to eight weeks before the flu season starts in your area. If you delay, you may increase your risk of getting the flu.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Who should not get a flu shot?

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The correct answer is: People who fall into any of the above groups should not get the flu shot. Doctors also recommend that you skip the vaccine if you had an allergic reaction to a previous flu shot, or if you've ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness that can cause paralysis. If you're sick with a fever, wait until your symptoms clear up before getting the flu vaccine.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women who are pregnant should get the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The nasal spray is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If you are pregnant get the flu shot, which is safe for you and your baby.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chickenpox is more serious for adults than children.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Adults and people with weak immune systems who are infected with chickenpox may be susceptible to other skin infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. Adults who have not had the chickenpox vaccine are also more susceptible to shingles, a painful nerve infection.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How many chickenpox vaccinations should an adult have?

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The correct answer is: Adults should receive two shots at least four weeks apart. This includes people who have chronic health problems such as heart or kidney problems or diabetes. If you have not had both chickenpox vaccinations, or if you have never had a chickenpox infection, you should get vaccinated.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these groups is most at risk for chickenpox?

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The correct answer is: All of the above groups have a higher risk of getting chickenpox, as well as teachers, people who travel to other countries, those who live or work in institutions and women of childbearing age who aren't pregnant. Be sure to get vaccinated if you fall into one of these groups.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pregnant women should not get the chickenpox vaccine.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The varicella-zoster virus, in all forms, is dangerous to the fetus and the mother. It can lead to birth defects for the child and serious health problems for the mother.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How long can you wait to get vaccinated if you're exposed to chickenpox?

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The correct answer is: Doctors recommend that the vaccine be given within 3 days of exposure to chickenpox. This may prevent you from having the illness or it could make your symptoms milder.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Who should get the shingles vaccine?

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The correct answer is: The shingles vaccine, also known as the zoster vaccine, can help prevent shingles in adults over age 60 who have not had the chickenpox vaccine.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: A person with shingles can give someone else chickenpox.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A person with shingles can spread the virus until the blisters around the affected area have formed scabs. The spread of the shingles virus can cause chickenpox in people who haven't had it before and in those who haven't been vaccinated. That's because shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus as chickenpox.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting a flu shot can help prevent pneumonia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Because pneumonia is a common complication of the flu, getting a flu shot every fall may help prevent pneumonia. A vaccine is also available to help fight pneumococcal pneumonia, a type of bacterial pneumonia. Talk to your doctor to see if you or a family member needs the pneumonia vaccine.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Who should get the pneumonia vaccine?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are high-risk groups who should get vaccinated. The pneumonia vaccine is especially recommended for people with weakened immune systems, chronic heart or lung disease, diabetes, HIV or damage to their spleens.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should get a pneumonia shot every year at the same time you get your flu shot.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The flu virus tends to mutate, so the vaccine that worked last year might not protect against this year's flu strain. But the pneumonia shot works year after year. For adults age 65 and over who are otherwise healthy, the CDC currently recommends a one-time pneumonia vaccination and no booster shots.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How effective is the pneumonia vaccine?

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The correct answer is: The pneumonia vaccine is 60 to 70 percent effective at preventing pneumonia caused by pneumococcus bacteria. Though the vaccine doesn't protect against all types, it can significantly lower the risk of serious pneumonia and its complications.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Although once quite common, whooping cough has been virtually wiped out in the U.S.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Whooping cough used to be quite common in the U.S. However, the creation of a vaccine led to an all-time low in the mid-1970s. Every two to four years, outbreaks still occur among people who are not immunized.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these vaccines is recommended for adults to protect against whooping cough?

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The correct answer is: The Tdap is a one-time vaccine to protect adults or adolescents against pertussis (whooping cough); it also contains a tetanus booster. Children receive the DTaP vaccine in five shots, protecting against whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions can whooping cough cause in adults?

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The correct answer is: In adults, whooping cough can cause injuries related to severe coughing. These include broken capillaries in the eyes or skin, hernias or bruised ribs.

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