The Ultimate Flu Vaccination Quiz

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The Ultimate Flu Vaccination Quiz
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To get or not to get the flu shot? Even if you are healthy as a horse, you may still be strongly encouraged to get the flu shot. There are also a variety of health related reasons why someone should get a flu vaccination. Take this quiz and learn all about protecting you and your family from the flu.
Healthy people over the age of _____ can receive the flu shot.
three months
six months
The flu shot is relatively safe and all healthy people over the age of six months are recommended to get it.
one year

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How long does it take for the flu vaccine to begin working?
one week
two weeks
It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to start protecting you, so make sure you get your shot early in the flu season.
one month

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What is a common myth about the flu shot?
It can cause you to get the flu.
It is simply a myth that the flu shot can cause you to actually get the flu. The flu virus that's in the needle is dead and possesses no harm to you.
It can lead to cancer.
It can cause autism.

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Adults and children with certain health conditions are strongly recommended to get the flu shot. What are they?
chronic lung and heart problems
chronic metabolic diseases
both of the above
The American Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that children and adults with chronic lung and heart conditions receive the flu vaccination. It is also strongly recommended that children and adults with chronic metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies, or immunosuppression receive the flu shot.

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Certain groups of healthy adults are strongly recommended to get the flu shot. These groups include:
people over 50 and pregnant women in their second and third trimester
health care providers and college students
both of the above
Certain groups of people are at higher risk of getting the flu, such as people over 50 and women in their second and third trimester. Moreover, health care workers and adults who live in institutional settings, such as college students, should also get the flu shot.

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What are the possible side effects of the flu shot?
low grade fever
tenderness around the vaccination spot
both of the above
Side effects from the flu shot are generally mild and include: a low grade fever for 8 to 24 hours, tenderness around the vaccination spot, slight chills and a headache.

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Who should consult their doctor before getting a flu shot?
People who are allergic to eggs.
The flu vaccine is grown in an egg and the egg cannot be completely extracted from the vaccine. For this reason, people who are allergic to eggs should consult their doctor before getting the flu shot.
People who have cancer.
People who have a family history of autism.

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How does medication help prevent against contracting the flu?
It reduces the effectiveness of the virus.
It improves your resistance to the virus.
There are three oral flu medications that are approved by the American Food and Drug Administration: amantadine, rimantadine and oseltamivir. These drugs help improve your resistance to the flu virus, limiting the virus's ability to replicate inside your body.
both of the above

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What may replace flu shots in the future?
nasal spray flu vaccine
Most vaccines, including the current flu vaccine, are repelled by the skin. This is why the flu vaccine must be injected into the body. Innovative research, however, is in the process of developing a vaccine that can be administered through the nasal passages.
lotion flu vaccine
oral flu vaccine

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How does the flu vaccine protect me from getting the flu?
It boosts your immune system.
It makes flu antibodies.
A dead strain of the flu virus is introduced into your body. Your body then creates antibodies for the flu and hence protects you from getting the flu in the future.
both of the above

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Children should receive:
mercury-free vaccines
It is strongly recommended that all children between the ages of six months and two years get the flu shot. It is preferable that children receive a mercury-free vaccine.
a half dose of the flu vaccine
both of the above

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The flu shot prevents the flu in ______ of healthy people.
50 to 60 percent
60 to 70 percent
70 to 90 percent
Approximately 70 to 90 percent of healthy people who receive the flu shot are protected from contracting the virus for that given flu season. The flu shot is considered to be highly affective.

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People who receive the nasal spray flu vaccine:
take 13 to 28 percent fewer sick days
experience 23 to 27 percent fewer days of illness
both of the above
Preliminary research on the nasal spray flu vaccine revealed that it is highly effective in preventing the flu. People who receive the nasal spray flu vaccine take fewer sick days and experience fewer days of illness.

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Where can you get a flu shot in the United States?
healthcare providers and health departments
private settings, pharmacies and workplaces
both of the above
During the height of the flu vaccination season you can get a flu shot at: your healthcare provider, health departments, schools, private settings, pharmacies and workplaces.

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Nasal spray vaccine has been effective with:
vaccinating against hepatitis in mice
vaccinating against meningitis in humans
both of the above
Research shows that the nasal spray vaccine is effective in vaccinating mice against hepatitis. Perhaps in the future, no one will need shots for vaccinations.

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