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Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.

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06 Jul 2016, 17:16
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Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.

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Dear AbdurRakib,
I'm happy to respond.

I found it very easy to predict the answer on this question. Old folks are at risk from this virus, and young folks, especially children, are not. We need to protect the old folks. How it is that vaccinating the children first protects the old folks? There must be some way that the old folks could get infected with the virus from infected children: therefore, if we prevent children from getting infected, we block a major avenue by which the infections reach the old people.

Let's look at the answer. We want to strengthen the reasons for the health professionals’ recommendation.

A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.

From the prompt, it doesn't sound as if children are going to be particularly weakened by this flu virus: if anything, it sounds as if they will fight it off handily. Therefore, the danger from a compromised immune system is minimal. At least, it is not at all clear whether this is any concern at all. This is incorrect.

B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
Bingo! What we predicted above. Those filthy unwashed children get the old folks sick.

C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
Usually true with vaccines. Why does this matter? If no one is immune, why not vaccinate the old folks first? This does not strengthen the argument. This is incorrect.

D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
Well, that's great for the children, who weren't at risk anyone, but no matter how healthy the children are, this doesn't prevent the old folks from dying. This does not strengthen the argument. This is incorrect.

E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.
This seems irrelevant. Even if they have no immunity, for whatever reason the children seem to be able to fight off this flu virus without much trouble. They are already doing fine: they don't need the vaccine for themselves, and it's not clear why helping them would help the old folks. This does not strengthen the argument. This is incorrect.

Does this make sense?
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06 Jul 2016, 17:29
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This question you can prethink it though. Why would health professionals want to vaccinate children over elders? It makes sense if children spreads it easier to the other groups of people.
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07 Jul 2016, 01:23
AbdurRakib wrote:
Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.

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Premise: Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children.
Conclusion: Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Question Type: Strengthen, new information added is valid
Prephase: Ans should relate the premise point (Risk to Old folks) to Conclusion (vaccinating Kids)

Ans B - Last Past "Spreading the flu to Others" confirms the prephase. Correct.

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07 Jul 2016, 12:30
AbdurRakib wrote:
Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.

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Although children are not at all at risk, but health professionals advise to vaccinate them first. We are looking for the reason.

A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases. but Children are not at risk of developing flu.
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others. correct answer. even though they are not at risk; they can spread the virus to others.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus. We don't know if vaccine was given last year.
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact. We don't know if children have received one strain.
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus. Its given that children are not at risk for flue virus.
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07 Jul 2016, 13:00
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My guess is that A is the most tempting wrong answer choice here since it gives us a reason for not wanting kids to get sick, and that is sort of what we're looking for.

B also gives us a reason for not wanting kids to get sick.

So it would be pretty easy to get stuck between the two answers.

One thing that can really help in this situation is to compare the strength of the language in the answer choices.

In B we are told not just that kids are likely to spread the disease but they are the group most responsible for spreading the flu to others.

In A we are just told that children 'are vulnerable' to other diseases when their immune systems are severely weakened. But this language is much weaker. Most importantly, it doesn't tell us that kids are more vulnerable than anybody else. It's possible that the elderly are far more vulnerable when their immune systems are weakened.

So B gives us a much stronger reason to get the kids vaccinated first. This way the group that is most likely to spread the disease if they have are less likely to get a chance to do so.

Guideline: In general, strong language tends to be better than weak langauge in questions that include 'if true' in the stem (which of the following if true would most strengthen..., which of the following, if true, would most weaken..., which of the following, if true, provides the best reason for...) For these questions, we are looking for an answer choice that would have a great impact, and strong language is more likely to have a significant impact than weak language.

Of course this doesn't mean that you should just scan for strong langauge and click the answer with the strongest. But it does mean that if you're down to a couple answer choices, you can compare the strength of the language and then think about whether it affects the strength of the answer choices.

And be sure to remember that the 'stronger tends to be better than weaker' guideline doesn't apply to all CR questions. It applies only to 'if true' q-stems. For other question-types the reverse guideline is more reliable. So be careful.
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07 Jul 2016, 21:49
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.- Children does not necessarily have previous disease so in that case why this time Children are vaccinated first... still does not fill the Gap...
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others. This provides a reason, as in case the elder gets the flu,chance of spreading virus flu will be less as compared to if a child catches flu.
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus. That holds true for both
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact. that is a fact which does not provide the reason for a preference
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus. okay if both share same quality then why the preference is given to children this time... still not helpful in answering the question
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12 Mar 2017, 16:05
we need to find an answer choice explaining why doctors want to vaccinate children first
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10 Jun 2017, 19:32
Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?

A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases.
--> not relevant.

B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others.
--> correct.

C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus.
--> not relevant.

D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact.
--> not relevant.

E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus.
--> not relevant.
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Conventional wisdom suggests vaccinating elderly people first in flu season, because they are at greatest risk of dying if they contract the virus. This year’s flu virus poses particular risk to elderly people and almost none at all to younger people, particularly children. Nevertheless, health professionals are recommending vaccinating children first against the virus rather than elderly people.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason for the health professionals’ recommendation?
A. Children are vulnerable to dangerous infections when their immune systems are severely weakened by other diseases. Out of scope
B. Children are particularly unconcerned with hygiene and therefore are the group most responsible for spreading the flu virus to others. Gives us reason for the course of action taken
C. The vaccinations received last year will confer no immunity to this year’s flu virus. Not relevent
D. Children who catch one strain of the flu virus and then recover are likely to develop immunity to at least some strains with which they have not yet come in contact. Out of scope
E. Children are no more likely than adults to have immunity to a particular flu virus if they have never lived through a previous epidemic of the same virus. Out of scope
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Answer choice 'B' is correct - The statement suggests that children are likely to transmit the virus even if it does not endanger them. Therefore, this provides a good reason for the health professionals' recommendation.
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