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5 Questions on CDC Guidance for Catch-up Vaccination during COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic makes timely catch-up vaccination against all vaccine-preventable diseases essential. Try these 5 questions on CDC recommendations.

The CDC has noted a steep decline in childhood vaccinations beginning with the announcement of a national emergency due to COVID-19 in March 2020. While clinics have cautiously re-opened for preventative care, many patients may still need to catch-up on vaccinations.

Staying up to date is particularly important for children, adolescents, elderly individuals, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions like asthma and COPD.

Falling behind can increase the risk for complications and more severe disease, which can increase demands on an overburdened healthcare system. It can also increase the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases that have long been controlled, such as measles and polio.

In this quiz, test your knowledge on the CDC’s interim guidance for vaccination during COVID-19.


1. Which of the following is not supported by current CDC guidance?

A. All essential workers should receive the influenza vaccine.

B. To decrease the risk of severe illness, individuals with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 should receive the influenza vaccine.

C. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all individuals aged ≥6 months should receive the influenza vaccine.

D. All of the above are supported by the CDC

Question 2. According to CDC guidance on catch-up immunization, the minimum interval between the first and second dose of the MMR vaccine in children ages 4 months through 6 years is:

A. 4 weeks
B. 6 week
C. 8 weeks
D. 12 weeks

Question 3. According to CDC guidance on catch-up immunization, the minimum interval between the first and second dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine in children ages 7 through 18 years is:

A. 4 weeks
B. 6 weeks
C. 8 weeks
D. 12 weeks

Question 4. The PCV13 pneumococcal vaccine is no longer routinely recommended in all adults aged ≥65 years.

A. True
B. False

Question 5

Which of the following is recommended by CDC guidance on safe delivery of vaccines during COVID-19?

A. Universal eye protection is recommended regardless of the level of community transmission.

B. Administration of intranasal vaccines is an aerosol-generating procedure requiring the use of an N95 or higher level respirator.

C. A medical face mask is required only while in patient areas.

D. Gloves should be worn while administering oral vaccines.

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