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Government to seek swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 11:42 a.m. CDT; updated 1:19 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WASHINGTON — The government is calling for several thousand volunteers to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots, in a race to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against the virus before it's expected to rebound in the fall.

Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief for the National Institutes of Health, said scientists first will test different doses of the swine flu vaccine in healthy adults and, if there are no immediate safety concerns, quickly begin testing babies and children.

The studies are to begin at eight medical centers around the country — in St. Louis; Baltimore; Iowa City, Iowa; Nashville, Tenn.; Seattle; Atlanta; Cincinnati and Houston.

 


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