ST. LOUIS, MO (CBS Local) – Looking to take 10 days off from work and get paid for it? St. Louis University is willing to fund your vacation under one condition: you have get sick and agree to stay at “Hotel Influenza.”
The university has converted a 24-room hotel into a research center that’s looking to intentionally expose their “guests” to the flu. The SLU team is hoping the hotel will help them test new vaccines for the illness.READ MORE: 'Your Life Does Not End Because You Have A Diagnosis': Shantel Smith Opens Up About Her Battle With Multiple Sclerosis Before 'Survivor'
“Human challenge studies are a way to get a lot of information quicker, with a smaller number of volunteers and less cost than a traditional vaccine study,” Dr. Daniel Hoft said in a university release.READ MORE: 'Every Week Is A Different Week': Harbaugh Doesn't Dwell On Jacksons 4 INTs In Cleveland Win
To make the challenge more enticing, SLU is giving volunteers $3,500 in exchange for their time and travel to “Hotel Influenza.” The university adds that the 24 guests will be cared for around the clock by a team of nurses and have access to TV, Internet, and their own private bathrooms.
“Common areas with comfy chairs offer spaces to socialize, read or watch TV with picture-window views of the (Gateway) Arch,” according to the release.MORE NEWS: MTA To Allow Personally Owned E-Bikes And E-Scooters On Public Transit
Each guest will reportedly be given a flu shot or a placebo before their stay begins. They will then be infected with a dose of flu virus delivered through a nasal spray. SLU says they hope to begin their first pilot program at “Hotel Influenza” by the end of 2018.