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National Institutes of Health paying volunteers for H1N1 flu study

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(WJLA) Getting the flu is no fun, but scientists at the National Institutes of Health are hoping they can get people to volunteer to catch the illness for research studies. And they're offering up a cash incentive.

The NIH is hoping to find dozens of volunteers willing to catch the flu for $3,000.

The volunteers would get quarantined in a building on the NIH campus for at least nine days and infected with a mild to moderate strain of the H1N1 flu virus.

Doctors say it's the only clear way of studying the flu.

They've already had one batch of 24 volunteers go through the study and learned most people have the flu days before any symptoms.

And most have the flu, on average, five to six days.

Researchers are looking for male and female volunteers between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. If you are interested, see more information by visiting:

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