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This University Wants to Pay People to Live in ‘Hotel Influenza’ for Over a Week

Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (funded by the National Institutes of Health) is planning a human approach to studying influenza and vaccine effectiveness, according to an announcement earlier this week.

The university wants volunteers to live in “hotel influenza,” where they’d be either given a vaccine or a placebo, be exposed to the flu, and be quarantined for 10 days in the Extended Stay Research Unit. Compensation for such an experiment is around $3,500 (for time and travel), according to a SLU release.

It’s known as a human challenge study, and according to Dr. Daniel Hoft, the director of the Center for Vaccine Development at SLU, it is a quicker way to get a lot of information with fewer volunteers.