Influenza: researchers pay 3000 euros to inject the H1N1 virus

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In the United States, researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Disease (NIH) have proposed to 80 volunteers, the sum of 3,000 euros for the injection of the influenza virus.

"Vaccines work, but we could do better," said Dr. Matthew Memoli of the National Institutes of Health, who is leading the study that aims to infect up to 100 adults until May 2020.

This type of research is a step in the development of better vaccines against influenza because the body's response to influenza remains a mystery.

For starters, volunteer guinea pigs will need to inhale a nasal spray containing a seasonal influenza strain. They will then spend a week under surveillance, in quarantine, in a hospital to prevent the risk of contagion.

Scientists will regularly take samples (nose throat and blood) to observe the reactions. This device "reliably produces mild to moderate flu symptoms," according to the researchers.

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