Volunteers Agree To Get The Flu On Purpose

BETHESDA, Md. (January 26, 2014) Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses in a rare research effort to show how the body fights off influenza with the ultimate aim of improving flu vaccines.

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health spray millions of microscopic particles of flu virus up each nostril, a dose that is intended to cause mild to moderate symptoms.

The volunteers then spend nine days quarantined inside a special isolation ward at the NIH hospital so they don't spread the germs and can be closely monitored.

They’re paid about $3,000 for their time and discomfort.

Only health adults need apply, however


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