3,000 volunteers needed for study on spread of influenza

An ongoing study on the spread of influenza in the community needs more volunteers.

354 participants from 118 households have signed up so far, but researchers need 3,000 volunteers for the study.

The study started in late February and is being conducted by researchers at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The study aims to examine the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections in households and the community.

The study will examine how often people fall ill from respiratory infections and identify factors that prevent people from developing influenza or its severe forms.

These include behaviours that people may take to protect themselves, the places they go to, people they meet at home and in the workplace, whether they had previously been vaccinated, and the strength of their immune systems with respect to some of these respiratory viruses.

Members of households are invited to take part if there are at least two willing participants aged 6 years and above. Pregnant women and non-Singaporeans may also participate.

Members of the public who are interested in participating in this study can call 6478 9608 on weekdays from 8.30am to 5.30pm or email sccs@nus.edu.sg.