The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a research unit at St. Louis University is testing the effectiveness of flu vaccines by paying volunteers to stay at its Salus Center. Participants will be given a flu shot or a placebo, and then receive a dose of a flu virus through nasal spray.
The volunteers will then be observed for flu symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, sneezing or coughing. The university spent about $350,000 to convert 24 hotel rooms into a quarantined medical unit.
The Extended Stay Research Unit expects to welcome its first guests within the next year.