Volunteers make history testing new swine flu vaccinations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/09

Volunteers make history testing new swine flu vaccinations

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A CDC advisor says protecting the public against Swine Flu later this year could involve the largest mass vaccination program in human history. Right now, it's still a race against time to test the new vaccine on volunteers. 

So, if you're wondering, here's the protocol. Volunteers sign informed consent documents, then go through extensive screening, including physicals and blood draws, which is a three hour session, even before they get the shot. 

"After they've had the vaccine, they will do another blood draw and they'll look for the immunogenicity of the vaccine - whether they're getting antibodies in their system," said Matt Longson, of Jean Brown Research. 

Each volunteer must agree to a 25 day follow up.  The CDC says when the vaccine gets the go ahead, some people may need three shots for full protection this year, the new H1N1 shot, a possible booster, plus the regular seasonal flu shot.

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