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Utahns getting test vaccine for swine flu

Utahns getting test vaccine for swine flu



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Some 50 Utahns are among the first in the country to be vaccinated against swine flu. They're volunteers in a clinical trial on the fast track to develop a vaccine before fall.

Analee Walton tells Utah's Morning News on KSL Newsradio she got her shot last week and it wasn't as painful as her yearly flu shot.

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"I've had a sore arm for several days with the regular flu shot, and this one, I could not even tell where the injection had gone in," Walton said.

She says she did have a mild headache at first but otherwise feels fine.

"I feel great," she says. "I had a headache for two of the - first two of the days. Not enough to interfere with any of my activities. But other than that I have not had any side effects."

Jean Brown Research is conducting four sets of clinical trials between now and the end of September and is looking for 500 volunteers in all. The Salt Lake-based company is focusing its trials on children between the ages of six months and 9 years old, and adults over the age of 65.

Walton, 65, says she signed up because a friend told her they needed people in her age group to volunteer. She wasn't worried about any of the risks.

She isn't finished with the trial just by getting the shot, however. Volunteers must take their temperature daily after receiving the vaccine, monitor any symptoms or side-effects by keeping what amounts to a diary, and at 21 days after receiving the shot, researchers draw more blood to look for H1N1 antibodies in their systems.

If you are interested in taking part in the clinical trial, go online to www.jeanbrownresearch.com for more information.

E-mail: bbruce@ksl.com

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Becky Bruce

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