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Volunteers Lining Up to Stay in 'Hotel Influenza'

June 14, 2018 - 8:19 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More than 2700 people have emailed St. Louis University School of Medicine for information about a new universal flu vaccine study which would involve a ten day stay inside a special Extended Stay Research Unit nicknamed ‘Hotel Influenza’.  

“The influenza unit is on our St. Louis University Campus in an old hotel that has been renovated to be a quarantine space for maintaining the virus that we would use inside the unit so it can’t be spread to other people outside the unit," says SLU Care's Dr. Daniel Hoft, director of SLU's Center for Vaccine Development.

The goal of the study is to test the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

Volunteers must be between 18 and 40 and in good health without chronic medical illnesses.  They would be injected with either a flu vaccine or a placebo then given a dose of the flu virus thru a nasal spray.  Participants will be paid $3500 for taking part. The first study isn't set to begin for until early next year.