Get paid to get the flu: Study looking for volunteers willing to get sick – Fox News

How much is a sick day worth to you? $3,310 sound good?

That’s what one team is doling out to volunteers who are willing to be infected with influenza viruses and then quarantined for least 10 days at Saint Louis University.

OKLAHOMA NEWS ANCHOR DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AFTER STREAMING FIRST-EVER MAMMOGRAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Those brave enough to take on the illness will receive a nasal spray with a strain of the flu, and then begin an inpatient stay at the Salus Center, according to the study’s news release. Volunteers must be healthy prior to the start of the study, and between the ages of 18 and 49. At the conclusion of the quarantine, volunteers will have to follow up at three more clinic visits and with a phone call.

The purpose of the study, which is estimated to last up to four months, is to follow volunteers and see what symptoms occur and when following infection. The concept, while certainly a talker, is not new for the university. Last year, researchers were hoping $3,500 would be enough to convince volunteers to come stay at “Hotel Influenza.”

CLEVELAND CLINIC PERFORMS FIRST ‘PURELY’ LAPAROSCOPIC LIVING DONOR SURGERY FOR LIVER TRANSPLANT

“In a traditional flu study, we vaccinate people and see if their immune systems respond by creating antibodies that fight flu,” Daniel Hoft, director of Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development, said last year. “In a human challenge study, we vaccinate people, then deliberately challenge their bodies by exposing them to flu to see if they get sick.”

Hoft said the advantage for researchers is that they know the exact time of infection, rather than waiting for “nature to take its course.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal flu activity in the U.S. has increased slightly through Oct. 19, but still remains low. The first two pediatric flu deaths of the 2019-2020 season were reported recently, with health officials continuing to urge people to get the flu vaccine.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.