Researchers Infecting Test Subjects with Flu for $3,500: ‘You Have to Be Careful About Not Harming Them Too Much’

June 13, 2018

(Newsweek) – Researchers at St. Louis University have put a price on voluntarily coming down with the flu, and it’s set at $3,500 and a 10-to-12-day all-expense-paid vacation in a hotel. Coming off the heels of a particularly deadly flu season, researchers with the university’s Center for Vaccine Development got funding to run an experiment in which they will actually infect people with the flu. The goal is to test the effectiveness of the vaccine through what’s called a “human challenge study.”

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