How much would it take for you to get the flu willingly?
Would $3,500 do it? Saint Louis University hopes so..
The school’s researchers are anticipating that $3,500 will be enough to get volunteers to expose themselves to the influenza virus after receiving the flu vaccine or a placebo. The hope is this experiment will lead to a better understanding of the illness, and therefore help create a better vaccine.
The study will require volunteers to be quarantined for ten days at the university’s former hotel which has recently been converted into a research room suite and is now dubbed, ‘Hotel Influenza’. Test subjects will not be permitted to leave until they test negative for two days. Researcher Daniel Hoft adds that, since researchers know exactly when volunteers were exposed to the flu, they can be much more confident if the trial “shows the vaccine protected a small group of volunteers against the flu,” and therefore, researchers are “much more confident” in pushing a vaccine further along in development.
So – would you do it? Being sick sucks, sure, but…..$3,500? Sign me up. ~ Jason