Vaccines and Immunizations Quiz

Vaccinations have minimized or eradicated numerous epidemics, but they're also controversial. How much do you know about childhood vaccination schedules, and general vaccine facts?

Quiz

Vaccinations have minimized or eradicated numerous epidemics, but they're also controversial. How much do you know about childhood vaccination schedules, and general vaccine facts?

1. According to the schedule published by the American Association of Pediatrics, what is the first vaccination to be administered before a newborn baby leaves the hospital?

  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria

2. Children are in a high-risk group for seasonal flu, and should be vaccinated yearly, starting at what age?

  • Birth
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

3. The swine flu vaccine (made available in the fall of 2009), is recommended for which groups?

  • Pregnant women
  • People between 6 months and 24 years of age
  • People between 24 and 64 years of age, who have compromised immune systems
  • All of the above

4. Which statement accurately describes the current position of U.S. health organizations regarding a link between vaccines and autism?

  • Although no link has been proven or disproven, parents should err on the side of not vaccinating their children.
  • Any link between vaccines and autism has been definitively disproven.
  • Any link between vaccines and autism has been definitively proven.
  • Although no link has been proven or disproven, parents should err on the side of vaccinating their children.

5. What three diseases does the MMR vaccine prevent?

  • Malaria, meningitis, and rabies
  • Multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and rheumatism
  • Myopathy, mesothelioma, and ringworm
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella

6. Vaccinating against which disease has been shown to prevent the occurrence of cervical cancer in women?

  • HIV
  • HEV
  • UAV
  • HPV

7. Incoming college freshman are sometimes required to get vaccinated against what disease?

  • Meningitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Hepatitis

8. What was the first successful vaccine, developed by Edward Jenner in 1796?

  • Polio
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria

9. What vaccine, invented by Dr. Jonas Salk and first tested in 1952, all but eradicated its target disease in just decades?

  • Lupus
  • Cholera
  • Polio
  • Smallpox

10. If you step on a rusty nail, you will likely get a vaccination booster shot for which disease?

  • Typhus
  • Tetanus
  • Anthrax
  • Seasonal flu

11. What vaccine would have helped the title character of the Stephen King novel Cujo?

  • Lycanthropy
  • Necromancy
  • Rabies
  • Vampirism

12. People traveling from a temperate climate to a tropical climate should take pills to prevent which disease?

  • Malaria
  • Mad cow disease
  • Measles
  • Melanoma

13. Which of these diseases does not currently have a vaccine?

  • Swine flu
  • Seasonal flu
  • Rotavirus
  • Common cold

Your Results:

1. According to the schedule published by the American Association of Pediatrics, what is the first vaccination to be administered before a newborn baby leaves the hospital?
Hepatitis B

2. Children are in a high-risk group for seasonal flu, and should be vaccinated yearly, starting at what age?
6 months

3. The swine flu vaccine (made available in the fall of 2009), is recommended for which groups?
All of the above

4. Which statement accurately describes the current position of U.S. health organizations regarding a link between vaccines and autism?
Although no link has been proven or disproven, parents should err on the side of vaccinating their children.

5. What three diseases does the MMR vaccine prevent?
Measles, mumps, and rubella

6. Vaccinating against which disease has been shown to prevent the occurrence of cervical cancer in women?
HPV

7. Incoming college freshman are sometimes required to get vaccinated against what disease?
Meningitis

8. What was the first successful vaccine, developed by Edward Jenner in 1796?
Smallpox

9. What vaccine, invented by Dr. Jonas Salk and first tested in 1952, all but eradicated its target disease in just decades?
Polio

10. If you step on a rusty nail, you will likely get a vaccination booster shot for which disease?
Tetanus

11. What vaccine would have helped the title character of the Stephen King novel Cujo?
Rabies

12. People traveling from a temperate climate to a tropical climate should take pills to prevent which disease?
Malaria

13. Which of these diseases does not currently have a vaccine?
Common cold

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