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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 4, 2005

UI Researchers To Conduct Flu Vaccine Study

University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers will conduct an influenza vaccine research study for the 2005-06 flu season.

The vaccine is investigational, meaning it is has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the vaccine has been widely used in Canada since 1992 for protection against influenza.

Study participants must be ages 18 to 49 and planning to live in the area through May 2006. Participants will be asked to make three study visits to Iowa City. There also will be a brief telephone call once a week throughout the study. In addition, a visiting nurse will make a home-visit to evaluate any flu-like symptoms during the study period from Nov. 14, 2005 through April/May 2006.

Certain persons, because of their health or because of their job, should receive a flu vaccine that is not experimental and has been approved by the FDA. Because the vaccine being tested is experimental and cannot guarantee protection from the flu, individuals will not be permitted to participate in the study who:

-- Have lung or heart disease that requires regular treatment by a doctor

-- Have diabetes, kidney disease, certain blood disorders or cancer

-- Have an illness that damages the immune system (including HIV or AIDS), or live with such a person

-- Work in health care or care of the elderly and have direct contact with patients or clients

-- Provide an essential community service (such as fire, police or rescue personnel)

Influenza remains one of the most important infectious diseases. During yearly epidemics, usually in the winter, influenza makes millions of people sick worldwide. Flu is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Typical symptoms of the flu are fever with sore throat, cough, muscle aches, nasal congestion, chills, and/or tiredness. Pneumonia and other serious complications of flu may occur in the very young, the elderly and persons with other illnesses. 

Compensation is available. For more information, contact the call toll free 866-598-4-FLU (866-598-4358).

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Program: Kelly O'Berry, 319-384-5064, kelly-oberry@uiowa.edu.