Would you let someone pay you to intentionally infect you with the flu?
Researchers from Saint Louis University in Missouri – and three other universities – hope that the sum of $ 3,310 will be sufficient.
The team starts an investigation because it wants to understand what happens when someone is infected with the flu and & # 39; how the body controls the infection & # 39 ;, according to a news item.
It comes on the heels of the second pediatric flu death reported in the US as the new flu season begins to fluctuate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers from Saint Louis University in Missouri, who study what happens when people are infected with the flu, pay $ 3,310 to those who want to be intentionally infected (file image)
Researchers are looking for 80 healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 49 who will be studied for four months.
The adults are infected with a nasal spray from one of the seasonal flu strains H1N1 and stay for 10 days in the Salus Center on campus, for which they receive $ 300 a day.
During this time, researchers take blood samples and nose and throat smears, both before and after the participants are infected.
Flu symptoms, including fever, muscle aches and weakness, are recorded every day for 14 days.
After leaving the clinic, participants must visit the clinic three times – during which they have blood and nasal wash samples taken – and answer a call from the researchers.
They receive $ 75 for the four required clinic visits and $ 10 for the one phone call.
Researchers will only enroll participants within a short distance of the research locations – about a radius of 200 miles or so.
The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Health & National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
& # 39; NIAID researchers have been pioneers in contemporary human flu trials, & # 39; said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID.
& # 39; These studies provide a powerful tool to study many aspects of influenza progression and can also help to evaluate new treatments and candidate vaccines efficiently. & # 39;
The CDC recommends getting the vaccine in the form of an injection or nasal spray. For those who choose to go with the injectable, there are two options.
The first is a trivalent vaccine that protects against two influenza A strains, H1N1 and H3N2, and one influenza B strain.
The second option, the quadrivalent flu vaccine, protects against the same strains as the trivalent vaccine, as well as an additional influenza B virus.
However, according to the CDC, pediatric flu vaccines are quadrivalent vaccines.
Last year the CDC updated its recommendations for the first time in two years with the nasal spray, known as FluMist.
The nasal spray uses live, attenuated viruses designed to help the body recognize and repel flu strains if you become infected.
The recording works in the same way, but uses dead strains of the virus.
According to the CDC, children between six months and eight years should receive two doses of the flu vaccine – with four weeks between doses.
It is especially important that children receive the injection because they are more likely to have flu complications.
During the 2018-19 season, 130 children died of flu-related illnesses, the CDC reports.
And during the record-breaking 2017-18 flu season, nearly 80,000 Americans, including 179 children, died.
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