Compensated Flu Vaccine Research Study
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have launched an innovative research study designed to help understand how a person’s immune response to the seasonal flu vaccine is affected by aging and genetics.
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Study Background
Are you planning on receiving the annual influenza vaccine this year? We Need Your Help.

Influenza infection can cause big health burdens to our society. The development of an effective "universal influenza" vaccine would have great importance for public health. Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute believe that understanding more about immune responses in older individuals may help remedy this public health challenge.

Specifically, we hope to study why some older individuals have effective antibody responses following exposure or vaccination while others do not.

Consider joining our study and support research on the flu vaccine! Compensation provided.
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Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This study is intended to gather more information on immune responses to the influenza vaccine. Researchers hope their findings will help society move toward an effective "universal influenza" vaccine.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Inclusion Criteria:
  • 65-89 years old
  • Have not received their annual influenza vaccine
  • Plan to receive the annual influenza vaccine this year
  • Can travel to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
What will happen if I participate in this study?
If you meet the requirements to join the study, a research nurse will set up an appointment for completion of a questionnaire and visits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) for blood draws.

Your projected time at DFCI will be 30-60 minutes per blood draw. You will also be asked to provide four blood draws over a 1-month period: 30 (2 tablespoons) ml pre-vaccination and at Day 30 post vaccination, 60 ml (4 tablespoons) at days 7 and 14 post vaccination.

Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Participants will receive compensation up to $125.
Will it cost me anything to participate in a study?
There is no cost to participate in this study.