The Extended Stay Research Unit at St. Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development would like to offer you a deal.
As a test subject, you are paid up to $3,500 with expenses paid to come to St. Louis to stay in a hotel for about ten days.
Sound like the staycation of your dreams? There's a big catch. You can't leave the room and you will probably end up contracting the flu.
The dubbed 'Hotel Influenza' is for the University to test out new vaccines and in doing so, subjects will have to be infected with the flu. It may sound like torture but the 2017-18 was the most severe flu season on record. According to Dr. Daniel Hoft, director of the Center for Vaccine development, about 134,000 infections and 279 deaths occurred in Missouri alone. The work the university is doing is important, but those who want to participate will be compensated for their time if contracted with the flu.
Would you risk getting the flu for $3500? In the name of science, we'd give it a try!