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What are vaccines?

Vaccines are immunizations that generally come in the form of shots, and help our bodies to defend against a number of infectious diseases. Vaccines typically contain a killed or much weakened virus or protein that stimulates our body to produce antibodies against a specific disease.

How many vaccines are there?

Currently, there are 27 licensed vaccines in the U.S. to help prevent diseases like tetanus, polio, influenza, measles, mumps, hepatitis and HPV/cervical cancer.

Can a vaccine cause the disease it is supposed to prevent?

Most of our current vaccines are inactivated (killed), so that they cannot cause disease. A few vaccines use weakened or attenuated viruses, so they could theoretically cause disease, but generally do not.

What kinds of vaccines need to be studied?

There are several vaccines in development for treating diseases like bird flu, anthrax, tuberculosis and malaria. The hope is to find a bird flu vaccine that doesn’t depend on chicken embryos for its manufacturing, so that hundreds of millions of doses could be quickly produced in the event of a global outbreak of bird flu. We call our volunteers “everyday heroes” because they help to come up with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, such as the threat of pandemic bird flu.

Vaccine Studies in Rochester, NY

Dengue Fever Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is currently seeking participants between the ages of 18-50 years old to participate in a Dengue Fever vaccine study. The study is 1 year long and consists of 8 visits to our office. You will be compensated up to $150 per visit for your time and travel to participate.

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Ages 18 – 50
Compensation* $150 per visit
Study Topics Dengue Fever

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

Flu Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is looking for volunteers 65 years or older to participate in a flu vaccine research study. The study is approximately 12 months long and consists of 5 to 7 visits to our office. You will be compensated $165 per visit for your time and travel to participate.

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Ages 65+
Compensation* $165 Per Visit
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

Varicella Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is currently looking for individuals to join a vaccine study for the varicella-zoster virus. Varicella is one of nine in the herpes class that can infect humans and causes chickenpox or shingles infections when it’s not prevented. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an mRNA vaccine against the virus. We are seeking participants between the ages of 50-69 years old who have not received a shingles vaccine already. This study is between 8-12 months long and includes at least 10 office visits. Compensation is available for $128 per office visit.

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Ages 50 – 69
Compensation* $128 per visit and $5 per diary entry
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

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CMV Adolescents Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is currently seeking volunteers between the ages of 9-25 years old to participate in a preventative CMV vaccine study. The purpose of this study is to vaccinate children against the virus to prevent them from spreading it to adults, especially women that may be planning on becoming pregnant in the foreseeable future. The study is approximately 18 months long and includes 12 visits in total.

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Ages 9 – 25
Compensation* $1,809
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

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Pediatric Lyme Disease Vaccine Study

There is currently no vaccine to prevent or protect against Lyme. RCR is currently conducting a vaccine study to help prevent Lyme disease from infecting adolescents between the ages of 5 to 17. This study will last approximately 24 months with 6 visits to our RCR office and 2 telephone calls. 

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Ages 5 – 17
Compensation* $125 per visit
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

RSV Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is currently seeking volunteers ages 50-59 years of age, who are at risk for chronic asthma/COPD, cardiovascular health hx, stroke/HA, and diabetes, to participate in an RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine study. This paid research study is testing the immune response and safety of a phase 3 vaccine. The study is about 12 months long and requires 4 visits to our office. If you qualify, you may be compensated for your time and travel to participate in the study.

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Ages 50 – 59
Compensation* TBD
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

Flu Vaccine Trial

Rochester Clinical Research is currently seeking volunteers who are 65 years and older for an Influenza vaccine study. The purpose of this study will be to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of an mRNA vaccine to prevent influenza. Compensation for time and travel is available for around $630 to those who qualify.

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Ages 65+
Compensation* Around $500
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

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mRNA Flu Vaccine Study

Rochester Clinical Research is seeking volunteers who are 65 years and older to participate in an investigational mRNA flu vaccine study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of using mRNA technology in an investigational flu vaccine and see if it protects against different variants. This is a phase 3 study and is about 12 months long with only one visit to our office.

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Ages 65+
Compensation* $834
Study Topics Vaccines

*Compensation for time and travel may be available to those who qualify.

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CMV Vaccine

Rochester Clinical Research is currently seeking born-female volunteers between the ages of 16 and 40 years old to participate in a CMV vaccine study. The purpose of this study is to find a safe and effective vaccine against Cytomegalovirus.

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Ages 16 – 40
Gender For female patients only
Study Topics Vaccine

For more information on vaccines:

Mayo Clinic: Top 5 Myths about Vaccines
WebMD: Immunizations
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