Need extra cash? Get paid to get the flu

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Flu germs are sprayed in the nasal passages of volunteers. The research is designed to improve vaccines.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Running low on cash? Would you mind getting the flu on purpose, all in the name

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health are giving healthy, adult volunteers the flu, spraying the flu germs up their nostrils. Participants are expected to get a mild to moderate case of the flu.

In order to volunteer, participants must be in good health and under the age of 50.

Volunteers must remain quarantined in the hospital for at least nine days or until they are no longer contagious.

The compensation for getting sick for a few days? About $3,000.

The research is designed to help improve flu vaccines.