New NIH Study Aims To Understand Flu Virus Better

New NIH Study Aims To Understand Flu Virus Better

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Some volunteers in the US are getting paid to get sick.

They're taking part in a study by the National Institutes of Health and allowing researchers to give them a live dose of the flu virus.

Researchers want to better understand how people get rid of the virus in order to improve vaccines.

Each volunteer is paid $3,000 to participate. Doctors at the National Institutes of Health spray millions of microscopic particles of flu virus up each nostril. The dose is intended to cause mild to moderate symptoms.

Then the volunteers 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.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.

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