Kids used to test new swine flu vaccinations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/09

Kids used to test new swine flu vaccinations

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Federal government is looking for kid volunteers to test the effectiveness of the current Swine-Flu vaccination, now that the H1N1 Pediatric trials are underway.  In addition to a free vaccination, the government will compensate any volunteer who qualifies with $350 for their effort in the pediatric H1N1 trials.

Vanderbilt University is conducting the study where they are testing the vaccine which is given in several different ways.  Some kids will either get a large dose or a small dose, some will receive two shots, three weeks apart and other kids received the vaccine before, after or at the same time as the regular flu shot. 

Eric Donahue, a trial participant said, "I thought it would be cool to be part of a scientific experiment, and to be one of the first people to be injected with Swine Flu, and be part of the group that discovered the vaccine for swine flu."

In all 1,300 children have volunteered to be first to try the Swine-Flu vaccine. Some parents have even volunteered their children for this study since there are children as young as six months old. 

Out of the ten locations where these trials are underway, only two are in Texas, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Baylor College of Medicine.  Doctors emphasize it is impossible to get the Swine-Flu from the vaccine because the shot contains an inactivated virus.

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