A research study out of St. Louis University is generously rewarding its participants for checking into Hotel Influenza. Not the official name of the hotel, of course. But, participants will get paid $3,500 plus catered meals for staying at the Salus Center for up to 12 days. During that time, they will be exposed to the flu virus, according to KCRA.
The researchers are trying to test out flu vaccines. So, participants will get a shot with either the vaccine or a placebo. Then, they will breathe in the flu virus in the form of a nasal spray. Sounds fun, right?
In the best case scenario, participants at the Salus Center will get a vaccine and not get sick. They’d just get almost two weeks in a hotel with free food and be $3,500 richer. Doesn’t sound too shabby to me.
Of course, the St. Louis University study still needs to be approved by the FDA as well as the school. You can read more about getting paid to get the flu at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Would you participate? I’m pretty sure I’d be in immediately if they picked me!