What is the flu?
Short for "influenza," it is an extremely contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory system - lungs, nose, throat - that causes fever, nasal and chest congestion, body aches, and fatigue. It may seem like a cold at first but, unlike a cold, onset of the flu occurs rapidly.
There are many strains of the flu virus and developing a flu vaccine that protects from every strain requires careful research and clinical trials. Clinical trials ensure the efficacy of the vaccine before it goes to market by evaluating the effects and the outcome of the vaccine.
Flu Vaccine Research Studies - What You Can Expect
Clinical trials are performed with the assistance of voluntary participants who may wish to help find a flu vaccine for yourself, your friends, or family members, particularly the elderly and very young children. As a flu vaccine clinical trial participant, you'll learn more about your health and have access to quality medical care. You may also receive low-cost, or free medications and be compensated for your time and travel for your participation.
Our process starts by explaining the terms of your participation and all of the steps that you'll experience. Then you may be screened to determine that the study is a good fit for you. You may return for follow up visits according to a pre-set schedule, perhaps for lab work, a physical examination, or even to complete a questionnaire.
Ready to begin? You can view open flu vaccine studies to find a trial being conducted at a location near you. PMG Research conducts research studies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and Tennessee. Learn more about the role of participants or contact us with further questions.
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