H1N1 Vaccine Trials are underway, and this morning, we get this report from the Baltimore Sun:
Hunter Sears [Volunteer #1, and the first to receive his ‘shot’ – note, he’s 13 years old – hmm…thirteen – SKG] was there because of his grandmother, Gladys Sears, who has worked at Annapolis Pediatrics for 46 years. In 1976, when there was a different swine flu outbreak, she got vaccinated. The next day, the government canceled the vaccination campaign, in part because it appeared to be making some people sick. That didn’t color her opinion of whether her grandson should enroll in the study.
“After years of working here, I don’t worry about things like that,” she said. “Some people have to be guinea pigs.” [This seems like an odd comment from a grandmother – ok, color me cynical, but I certainly wouldn’t volunteer any of my family, especially children, for a vaccine trial of any kind – SKG]
The children being tested in Maryland will receive vaccines at three sites: pediatric practices in Annapolis, Frederick and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. They will get either 15 or 30 micrograms per shot and two doses spaced three weeks apart. Older children will have their blood drawn over five separate visits. For their trouble, the children will receive $40 Target gift cards at each visit – not a small carrot, several said. [Hey, this not only entices the little ones, but it also helps the economy! Wow, what a brilliant scheme — oops, I mean, plan! – SKG]