Doctors at VCU begin H1N1 vaccine trials

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - We're about a month away from knowing if the H1N1 vaccine will prevent people from contracting the virus.

VCU Medical Center kicked off a study Saturday.

Doctors injected a trial vaccine into patients involved in the study.

That includes children between the ages of 3 and 9 and adults over the age of 65.

Of course, doctors are watching them closely.

The vaccine has proven successful in animal testing.

Right now, there is no immunity from the virus because the strain is so new, so doctors are eager to see the results.

"This study is actually looking at what the proper doze will be," said Dr. Linda Meloy. "If you have to give one or two injections of the vaccine. So we're trying different doses and none of the patients know if they're having the highest dose or the middle."

Each patient must check-in several times over the next month.

Doctors expect the results some time in October.

VCU is still looking for patients for the trial.

If you're interested call 628-0100.

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