The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, and at times can lead to death. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Anyone can get flu, and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical, pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years. It is important to get the flu vaccine at any age because you never know what strain will infect you and the effects it might have on you. 

Currently, Rochester Clinical research is conducting an influenza vaccine study that is using mRNA technology in adults who are 50 years or older. mRNA gives cells directions to make a particular protein. It doesn’t stay in the body very long once its job is done. After the vaccine is delivered, the body takes over and makes the necessary protein according to the mRNA’s instructions. This solution does not cause any change to or alter DNA in any way.  mRNA helps strengthen our immune systems and shows a more robust response to preventing further sicknesses post-vaccination. The protection that mRNA solutions provide presents an opportunity to successfully protect against the Flu and its variants. Manufacturing mRNA vaccines is much quicker than other vaccines. With this speed, when new strains present themselves, there is a greater chance to get a vaccine out there fast to protect against that particular variant.

This study will last approximately 12 months with 1 visit to our office. Study-related care is available to participants at no cost and health insurance is not required nor needed. Compensation of up to $$$ is available for time and travel to those who qualify.


  • 50 years or older
  • Able to comply with study and sign an informed consent
  • *Please note, that other conditions may apply