posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 12:24 PM
This is a heck of a way to get $3,000........
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live
virus straight up their noses.
It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. It turns out that how the body fends off influenza
remains something of a mystery.
"Vaccines are working, but we could do better," said Dr. Matthew Memoli of the National Institutes of Health, who is leading the study that aims to
infect up to 100 adults over the next year.
Now they aren't just infected and turned lose... No.. A bit over a week in quarantine is also a part of it for those whose applications were
And to avoid spreading the germs, participants must spend at least nine days quarantined inside a special isolation ward at the NIH hospital,
their health closely monitored. They're not released until nasal tests prove they're no longer contagious.
The incentive: About $3,000 to compensate for their time.
So who figures it'd be worth it? Something personally just strikes me as a bad idea here..but that's just me perhaps. Getting flu blown up my nose
would be an experience I could pass on though..and will, happily.
*Though, I admit, if a couple more zeros were added to that........it might be an awfully hard decision to make, all of the sudden.
How about everyone else? What price to be sick?