Hey kids, looking to earn some extra cash? The government's National Institutes of Health Clinical Center has a new study in the works — an "Evaluation of Anti-Hemagglutinin Antibodies as a Correlate of Protection in an H1N1 Influenza Healthy Human Challenge Model" — and they have announced a casting call for recruits.

The goal is to collect research in hopes of developing new vaccines and treatments; you get the flu, they study you.

For the coughing, sore throat, congestion, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and fever, participants will be compensated $3,000.

To be eligible for intentionally contracting the flu — a contagious respiratory illness that claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year — applicants must be 18 to 50 years of age and in good health.

Once selected, recruits will inhale a blast of live H1N1 and be required to remain in a hospital isolation unit for at least nine days, without visitors. There will be prodding and testing, including, ECGs, echocardiograms, lung tests, and the daily collection of “nasal fluid.”

Once nasal tests show that participants are no longer contagious, they will be released, $3,000 richer and most likely, a little shaky and a few pounds skinnier.

ABC News reports on what sounds like the world’s most masochistic way to make a quick buck in the video below:

The federal government will pay you $3,000 to get the flu
The National Institutes of Health is looking for brave volunteers to have a live flu virus squirted up their noses.