Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteering FAQ

What is a vaccine?
A vaccine is a substance that stimulates the body's protective immune response. The goal of vaccination is to prevent or control an infection. There are different types of vaccines. To learn more about vaccines, visit the resources listed on our Helpful Links page.

How do vaccines work?
Vaccines prevent disease by producing antibodies (substances made by your body to prevent infections) and by producing cells that can fight the cause of the disease. To learn more about vaccines, visit the resources listed on our Helpful Links page.

How does the payment for study participation work?
You are paid according to the study guidelines. Your payment is usually mailed to you and usually takes about 2 weeks to issue.

May I participate in more than one study at a time?
You may participate in only one study with an investigational product, at a time. If you are in a study that only involves monitoring, you may be able to participate in our study also. Please ask us and we will advise you.

May I donate blood while in a study?
You must contact the organization you plan to donate blood to and see if you meet their eligibility guidelines. Please remember to remind them that you are participating in a research vaccine study. Usually, you will be asked to wait one year after receiving an investigational vaccine, before donating blood.

Will the Center for Vaccine Development provide licensed vaccines for the general public? No.
The Center for Vaccine Development focuses on conducting research vaccine studies. To obtain licensed vaccines, please contact your physician or the Health Department.

How can I learn about your new studies?
You can join our database/mailing list. A letter or e-mail announcing a new study is sent to those on our mailing list.
We do not sell or distribute your information to third-parties.

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