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Volunteers sought to test flu vaccine

July 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The federal government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to test whether a new swine flu vaccine works.

The National Institutes of Health tapped a network of medical centers around the country to begin a series of studies on a vaccine for the H1N1 flu pandemic. The first shots will go into the arms of healthy adults, of any age, in early August. If there are no immediate safety concerns, such as allergic reactions, testing would begin in children as young as 6 months. The virus is expected to rebound in the fall.

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