Test Your Knowledge on Vaccines and Public Health

The purpose of this relatively simple test is to prompt further education on the topic of vaccines as a public health measure. All people who desire to remain both healthy and free must have the ability to make informed medical decisions.

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Questions 1, 2 and 3 are about the 3 in 1, Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR-II), Live Virus Vaccine manufactured and sold by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

A 2015 "package insert", also known as "prescribing information", may be found here, mmr_ii_pi.pdf.

Question 1. MMR-II vaccine: Ingredients

Which of the following ingredients are used in the MMR-II vaccine, according to the manufacturer?

Sorbitol, Sodium Phosphate and hydrolyzed gelatin.
Recombinant human albumin and fetal bovine serum.
DNA fragments of lung cells from an aborted human fetus.
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 2. MMR-II Vaccine - Contraindications.

Which of the following medical conditions are contraindications to vaccinating with MMR, according to the manufacturer?

Hypersensitivity to gelatin.
Female and pregnant.
Anaphylactic reaction to neomycin
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 3. MMR-II Vaccine: Reported Adverse Reactions.

Which adverse events in the following list have been reported following vaccination with MMR vaccine, according to the manufacturer?

Atypical measles, fever, vasculitis.
Pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus
Anaphylaxis, Arthritis.
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 4. Public Health officials typically direct that serious medical events following vaccinations be reported to whom?

Your local Affordable Care Act representative.
Your life Insurance company.
U.S. Government Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Question 5. Who is charged with the responsibility of paying for the medical, home care and/or funeral expenses related to vaccine injuries?

Your local Affordable Care Act representative.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund (NVICP).
The manufacturer of the vaccine.

Question 6. What determines the intensity of *disease?

*Disease here means the underlying "organic" disturbance present in a body experiencing illness.

For sake of clarity, imagine 100 children who are all exposed, in the same manner, to the same source of a contagious disease. 80 children show no symptoms. 10 show mild symptoms. Five show severe symptoms. Four show very severe symptoms. One dies. Why the difference in symptoms?

The children must have been exposed to "bugs" of varying strengths.
The amount of toxic material present in the child's body prior to exposure, the child's nutritional status and the child's degree of health all relate to strength of disease and strength of healing.

Question 7. Which of the following children had the most severe disease?

Two children have measles.
Child one has a fever of 103 degrees (F) for a period of 3 days. This child recovers and furthermore has a physical, emotional and mental growth spurt following recovery.

Child two has a fever of 101 degrees (F) for a period of 1 day. This child dies.

Child one obviously had the most severe disease (high fever).
Child one obviously had the most severe (strongest) immune system response. (Fever is a healing action.) Child two had the most severe disease condition(s) causing death.

Question 8. Early vaccine creation.

The early 1800's smallpox vaccine was made of an unsterilized mixture of cow's blood and cow pus, taken from the sores of cows made sick by inoculating smallpox containing matter into deep scratches on the cow's belly. The blood and pus were then mixed with glycerin.


Question 9. Decline prior to vaccination.

An approximately 90 percent drop in deaths associated with scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles occurred in England and Wales in children under 15 years old between 1850 and 1940 before the use of antibiotics and vaccines were introduced.


Question 10. Antibodies (Vaccination same as disease.)

The antibodies (titers/white blood cells) created by the body following vaccination are identical to those created by the body in response to an actual disease.


Question 11. Antibodies (Titers)

1) A high level of antibodies (titers) is necessary for immunity.
2) A low or zero level measurement of titers indicates susceptibility to disease.

True for both statements above.
False for both statements.

Question 12. Antibodies - What if they can not be made?

Some individuals can not make antibodies to specific disease "pathogens", a medical condition called *agammaglobulinaemia. "Obviously", all of these individuals must have the same disease over and over again.

* also spelled: agammaglobulinemia


Question 13. Immunity

Immunity is dynamic and based upon a multitude of factors.


Question 14. Natural Immunity

Only two kinds of immunity exist.
1) Immunity that comes after disease.
2) Immunity that comes after vaccination.


Question 15. Action of vaccines?

What are the actions that vaccines make when introduced into the body?

Immediately cause disease. (Mild or otherwise)
Immediately cause suppression of the immune system.
Cause heightened sensitivity to some allergens.
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 16. Vaccine Trials

The "Gold Standard" for medical research is the double blind, placebo controlled trial.

Which of the following are true of typical vaccine trials?

Toxic chemicals are substituted for true Placebos.
Follow-up time following vaccinations is kept short compared with time of possible vaccine reactions.
Comparison of health outcomes between totally non-vaccinated versus vaccinated populations is not preformed.
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 17. Diagnosis by Vaccine Status

Do doctors ever diagnose a disease by vaccine status instead of purely by symptoms?

Yes, frequently.
No or perhaps rarely.

Question 18. Vaccine Injuries

During the years 2007 through 2015, the number of suspected vaccine injuries that were reported has been above 25,000 per year.


Question 19. Under Reporting

There is widespread agreement that both drug related and vaccine related injuries are seriously under-reported. What statement(s) best describes this under-reporting?

One common estimate is that there are a minimum of 10 potential vaccine injuries for each one reported.
An NVIC survey found only one doctor in 40 reported potential vaccine injuries.
CDC estimates that as few as one (1) percent of adverse reactions to medical procedures is reported.
All of the above.
None of the above.

Question 20. Reporting of serious vaccine injuries.

Suspected vaccine injuries reported following vaccination vary from relatively minor to death closely following vaccination. What percentage of these reported vaccine injuries are deemed serious?