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last day of vacay

September 1st, 2010 at 04:57 am

And I got paid today.

I've also volunteered, been picked and have embarked today on a medical study on the bird flu vaccine. Apparently there is a killed-virus bird flu vaccine that is safe, but only effective at high doses; there's an adjuvant (little molecule that seems to encourage a large immune response) that is also safe and works well for other vaccines; this study seeks to test whether putting the two together produces a safe, effective vaccine.

I'm excited to be in the study - I've been following the bird flu for a few years now (the flu wiki link) and I'm happy to be a part of possibly helping others.

So the study group took my medical history, made sure I wasn't preggers, made sure I wasn't sick (with the flu hah hah), that I was in general good health and didn't have any physical issues with flu vaccines in general - I get my shot every year without issues. Then the nurse took my blood pre-shot, I got shot, and I was taught how to keep a memory log.

Now I'll be going through weekly blood draws, I'll get a second shot at week 5, more weekly blood draws - 10 in all.

And the part that belongs in a fiscal blog - I'll be paid 75$/shot, $50/blood draw for a total of $550. Not quite as tidy as disneysteve's surveys, but a not too bad haul nonetheless. Might as well put that tolerance for shots and blood draws to good use.

6 Responses to “last day of vacay”

  1. Car Finance Says:

    Nice blog - actually i was looking for this kind of blog.


  2. LuxLiving Says:

    You're a brave soul! This is one I'd have to pass on!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Please report in if you start clucking or flapping.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow. I just barely tolerate shots and blood draws. Maybe for that kind of cash I could put up with them weekly though ...

    LOL MEC!

  5. baselle Says:

    Buuooock, cluck, cluck... They called me this afternoon just to make sure.

    my english castle - no kidding. They were VERY interested in my Duvall friends. "You don't help them take care of their fowl, do you?" they asked. And I'll have to explain why I won't be helping this weekend.

    Anyway, no issues. I got two shots, and in reading over the protocol, I'm a control. Two shots means I've either gotten a lot of killed virus with no adjuvant (positive control) or I got placebo with no adjuvant (negative control).

    Somebody's got to roll up their sleeve. If in 5 years you get one ... think of me! Big Grin

  6. Jerry Says:

    As long as they have good phlebotomists for those draws (and you aren't a notoriously tough stick with itty-bitty veins!), then it will not lead to too much discomfort. And $550 isn't too bad a payday! I hope you have some insurance that you remain healthy throughout the study, as well... and that you don't start scratching for grubs in the yard. =)

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