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How Much Do You Know About The Measles?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine!

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  1. 1. How is the measles spread?

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    Person-to-person contact
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    Droplet spread (sneezing, coughing)
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    Food and water route
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    Droplet spread (sneezing, coughing)

    Measles can easily spread through the air from sneezing or coughing of infected persons.

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  2. 2. How long does the measles virus survive in the air?

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    10 hours
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    15 minutes
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    2 hours
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    24 hours
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    2 hours!

    The measles virus can live up to 2 hours in an airspace where an infected person coughed or sneezed.

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  3. 3. True or False: Chicken cells were used to create the MMR vaccine

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    True
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    True!

    The measles virus that is used in the MMR vaccine is grown in cell cultures of chick embryos. In fact, according to Dr. Paul Offit, “The first measles vaccine required a virologist and a chicken breeder. If both hadn’t been born and raised in Montana, the road to a lifesaving vaccine may not have existed or might have been much longer." - Vaccinated

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  4. 4. What type of vaccine is the MMR vaccine?

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    Inactivated Vaccine
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    Live Attenuated Vaccine
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    Recombinant Vaccine
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    Subunit Vaccine
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    Live Attenuated Vaccine

    The MMR vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine--but do not fear! The measles virus was weakened when it was growing in chicken cells. The measles virus in the MMR vaccine is more likely to infect chickens.

    Live Attenuated Vaccine
    Via Healths4u
  5. 5. How many doses of the MMR vaccine does a patient receive?

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    One
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    Two
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    Three
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    Four
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    Two!

    As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the MMR vaccine is given in two separate doses.

    Two!
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  6. 6. What are the recommended ages to receive the MMR vaccine?

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    5-7 months and 1-2 years old
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    Birth and 18+ years old
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    Birth and 10 years old
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    12-15 months and 4-6 years old
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    12-15 months and 4-6 years old

    As per the CDC Children Immunization Schedule, it is recommended that children receive the first dose of the MMR vaccine after their first birthday and the second dose around 4-6 years of age.

    12-15 months and 4-6 years old
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  7. 7. How long does it take to show signs and symptoms of a measles virus infection?

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    5 days
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    12 hours
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    7-14 days
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    1-2 days
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    7-14 days

    A person who has contracted the measles virus may not know they are infected until 7-14 days after they came in contact with the virus--this incubation period is prime time for the measles virus to spread to more people!

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  8. 8. Since 2000, approximately how many lives has the MMR vaccine saved globally?

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    1,000
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    5 million
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    17 million
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    1 billion
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    17 million lives!

    According to the World Health Organization, the MMR vaccine has helped save over 17.1 million lives worldwide since 2000.

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  9. 9. What is an adverse effect of the MMR vaccine?

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    Fever
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    Mild rash
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    Swelling in neck and cheeks
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    All of the above
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    All of the above!

    Although all vaccines come with some risks, the benefits are far superior--providing you with long-term immunity to serious diseases

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  10. 10. True or False: You can get the measles more than once

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    False

    Once you have had the measles, you will be immune for life (or you could just get the vaccine and be protected for life ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

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  11. 11. Who is primarily responsible for the MMR vaccine we use today?

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    Jonas Salk
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    John Enders
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    Maurice Hilleman
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    Thomas Peebles
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    Maurice Hilleman

    Maurice Hilleman, the inventor of over 25 vaccines, played a pivotal role in the making of the MMR vaccine.

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    Via Montana State University
  12. 12. What are the components of the MMR vaccine?

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    Attenuvax
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    MeruVax
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    All of the above
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    All of the above!

    Attenuvax is a live-attenuated line of measles virus, Mumpsvax is a strain of the mumps virus and Meruvax is a strain of live-attenuated rubella virus.

    All of the above!
    Via News.com.au
  13. 13. True or False: The measles virus is highly contagious

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    True!

    The measles vaccine is INCREDIBLY contagious. In fact, if one person has the virus, 90% of people in close contact, who don't have immunity will also contract the disease.

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  14. 14. True or False: Before the MMR vaccine was available, almost all children got measles by the time they were 15 years old

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    True!

    Before the vaccine became available, almost all children contracted the measles virus by the age of 15 years old. It is estimated that 3-4 million people were infected with the virus each year.

    True!
    Via Twitter
  15. 15. What year did the measles become a nationally recognized disease in the US?

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    1963
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    1912
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    1879
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    2002
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    1912

    In 1912, the measles virus became a nationally notifiable disease in the US, meaning that all health care providers and labs were required to report all diagnosed cases.

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    Via Tenor
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