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STUDY BASICS

Are you the parent of a child age 9-17 who will receive the 2020-21 flu vaccine? If so, your child may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand children’s immune response to the flu vaccine. Children will receive the flu vaccine as a shot or nasal spray. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Getting a yearly flu vaccine can help prevent most cases of the flu—a common viral infection that affects millions of children and adults each year. The flu vaccine is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be given as either a shot or as a nasal spray. The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about how children respond to the flu vaccine given as a shot or a nasal spray and to better understand the body’s protective response against the flu.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
  • Ages 9-17
  • Child has not yet received the 2020-21 seasonal flu vaccine (starting in August 2020)
  • Willing to be randomly assigned to receive either the flu shot or nasal spray

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Study participation involves up to 3 in-person visits. During the first visit, participants will complete a survey and have a blood draw. Participants will also be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to receive either the FluMist vaccine given as a nasal spray or the Flucelvax vaccine given as a shot. Participants will be asked to return one week later and one month later for additional blood draws. 


IRB:
  STUDY19040242E - Option B Pittsburgh: Immunological Response to Influenza Vaccination in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: A RCT of FluMist vs. Flucelvax



Age Range
AGE:   9 - 17

Duration DURATION:  About 1 month
VISITS:  Up to 3

Location LOCATION: 
Various locations in the Oakland area
Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Yes
Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Richard K. Zimmerman

Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Family Medicine and Behavioral & Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota, Dr. Zimmerman’s research interests include barriers to immunization, vaccination schedules, vaccine effectiveness, cost-effectiveness of alternative vaccination strategies, and immune response to influenza vaccines across the age spectrum.




MEET THE COORDINATOR


Katherine Williams

Katherine V. Williams, MD, MPH is a Research Project Coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Williams’ research interests include finding ways to maintain health and prevent disease.




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