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Exercise: Mandatory vaccination is constitutional

This exercise is linked to the article: Mandatory vaccination is constitutional

This exercise is linked to the article: Mandatory vaccination is constitutional

Key words: abolishment, closed session, common sense, constitutional, Constitutional Court, contradict, deem, hepatitis, inflammation, interference, invasive, lawful, lawsuit, mandatory, measles, mutual, paralysis, plaintiff, prone to, ratify, ruling, stipulate, submit, sub-statutory

Warm-up questions:
1, Are you vaccinated?
2, Which of the following diseases are subject to compulsory vaccination?
tetanus, flu, cancer, pertussis, deafness, polio, diabetes, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, angina pectoris, rubella, paralysis of the limbs, chronic inflammation
3, Once you get over measles, you won't contract them anymore. Do you know why?
4. Which is the most dangerous disease in the world nowadays? Is our country well protected?

Read the text about Vaccination and decide whether the following statements are T or F

1, The constitutional court ruled that every child in Slovakia must be vaccinated. T - F
2, The proceeding took place in Nitra. T - F
3, A woman had to pay 100 for not vaccinating her child. T - F
4, The Slovak Epidemiological and Vaccinology Association did not agree with the compulsory vaccination. T - F
5, The head of the Slovak Epidemiological and Vaccinology Association is a woman T - F
6, The Ministry of Health supported the compulsory vaccination T - F
7, According to Health Ministry, unvaccinated children get infected more easily T - F
8, The measles epidemic in 2003 was caused by a foreigner T - F
9, Parents are refusing vaccination because they don't have money T - F

Key: 1 T, 2F, 3T, 4 F, 5 T, 6 F, 7 T, 8T, 9 F

 

Slovaks distrust health information on the internet

 

TASK: Fill in the missing words into the gaps. Sometimes, you have to change the form. If you have problems, the definitions below might help you.

carry out, unreliable, opacity, diseases, quote, regard, pregnancy, check,
1, you can not trust it
2, put into practice
3, mother-to-be
4, more serious illness, effects more people
5, verify
6, darkness
7, repeat the exact words of someone
8, taking into consideration

Slovaks do not believe much of the information about health they find on the internet, with up to 82 percent of them citing it as an 1________ source. This stems from the survey 2_______ by the European Commission between September 18 and 20, 2014 on 25,566 respondents from 28 EU countries.

The survey suggested that when searching through information on the internet, Slovaks are most interested in general information about health and possibilities to improve it. They read articles about nutrition, diets, sports and 3________. They however seek less information about specific 4______ and medical procedures.

“Compared to other Europeans we seldom use the internet to 5 ______ the information we received from the doctor,” Andrej Králik from the Representation of the EC in Slovakia told the TASR newswire.

Slovaks dislike mostly the uncertainty, commercial character, few details and 6 _____ of information about health they find.

“Together with Slovenians, Slovaks are the least satisfied with what they find about health on the internet,” Králik continued, as 7 ______ by TASR, adding that they consider them not very useful and insignificant for their own situation.

8__________ the frequency of seeking the information, 44 percent of Slovaks said they search once a month, while 16 percent said they do it once a week.

KEY: unreliable, carry out, pregnancy, diseases, check, opacity, quoted, regarding

This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Petit Academy Foundation and Orange Foundation.

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