Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vanderbilt needs more babies for vaccine testing

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Parents balking at supplying their guinea pigs..err..babies for testing?

What has happened to the 'Volunteer State?' The 'war on flu' is having to get the media to recruit for it. Every 30 minutes a local radio station is giving us the news that Vanderbilt University is in need of more children for the experimental testing of the H1N1 vaccine.

Local TV is also running a promotional feature about the shortage of young ones in the trials.
50 Children Still Needed to Test H1N1 Vaccine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. WKRN - Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of eight locations across the country testing the vaccine for the H1N1 virus and is about to launch its second round of trials.

Beginning Wednesday, children will be rolling up their sleeves at the Nashville hospital but participants are still needed.

Dr. John Williams, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, is taking part in the adult trials and has signed up his four children up.

He told News 2 if he thought it wasn't safe, he wouldn't let them do it.

"As a parent, my kids have taken part in vaccine trials before and they're old enough and they understand the value of what they're doing," he said. "...They're doing something to help other children."

While Vanderbilt had more than enough adults for round one of the vaccine trials, researchers need 30 more children from six months to 35 months old, and 20 more children between the ages of three and nine.

According to Dr. Williams, parents seem to have two schools of thought on allowing their children to participate.

"I've heard from friends of ours, parents who are afraid because of all the chatter about H1N1, and then people who have concerns about H1N1 and want to get the vaccine, and if they can get it as part of a trial, then they are willing to participate," he said.

As for side effects, Dr. Williams said he's spoken to two adults who've had the shot and they said besides having a soar arm for a couple of days, which happens with any shot, they feel fine.

The trial lasts eight months.

Participating in the children's vaccine trials pays $350. {source}


The trial lasts eight months but the target date to begin the mass immunizations is Oct. 15?

2 comments:

  1. As for side effects, Dr. Williams said he's spoken to two adults who've had the shot and they said besides having a soar arm for a couple of days, which happens with any shot, they feel fine.

    This clown is a doctor? If they already knew the side effects of this untested vaccine, they wouldn't need volunteers to test the damn stuff.

    What kind of side effects will happen down the road in a couple of years, doc?

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  2. I can't seem to find out if Vanderbilt analyzed the formulation of the vaccine being tested. If they didn't, how will anyone know if what is mass produced is the same as what is used in the trials.

    Over a billion does have been ordered in the northern hemisphere.
    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20090819/H1N1-vaccine-orders-top-1-billion-WHO-Says.aspx

    There's an unbelievable amount of money involved in this so I'm inclined to think none of it is in our best interests.

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