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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Trials To Begin In KC

Clinical trials of the H1N1 flu vaccine for children are scheduled to begin Wednesday at Children's Mercy Hospital.
/ Source: KSHB-TV

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Clinical trials of the H1N1 flu vaccine for children are scheduled to begin Wednesday at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Local researchers are still looking for participants. So far, 60 children have enrolled to test the vaccine. There are 10 days left to enroll.

"It doesn't take away all the worry, but gives reassurance they wouldn't give this away as a trial on kids unless it was safe and hopefully effective," said Dane Sommer, who is enrolling two of his children -- 9-year-old Lauren and 16-year-old Dylan -- in the study.

Sommer's other son is not eligible because he had another vaccine recently. That's the same reason many other children were rejected for the H1N1 trial, KMBC's Kelly Eckerman reported.

"One of the problems with recruiting children is in these vaccine studies, you can't have had another vaccine within two to four weeks. And with it being back to school time, a lot of people have had their vaccines to go back to school, so that makes it a smaller pool to draw from," Dr. Christopher Harrison, an infectious disease specialist with Children's Mercy Hospital.

Data for the trial will be evaluated daily, doctors said.

To learn more specifics about the H1N1 vaccine clinical trials for children and how to enroll, call

816-460-1041.

On The Internet:

Swine Flu Special Section

Children's Mercy H1N1 Vaccine Study Flyer

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