Current Research Studies

Vaccines: New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN) - Healthy Control

Condition or Therapy:

Impact of vaccines and vaccination policies 


infectious disease research

What is the goal of this study?

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), researchers at Seattle Children's conduct population-based surveillance and data collection as part of the New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN). Researchers want to know how well our current vaccination practices and policies protect kids from vomiting, diarrhea and/or respiratory germs.

We ask healthy kids to participate in NVSN, also known as the Surveillance Study, so we can compare them to kids who are sick with acute gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and acute respiratory illness (colds and flu).

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for children who:

  • Are between 15 days and 17 years old
  • Are healthy at the time of the visit (without symptoms of a cold or the flu)
  • Live in King or Snohomish counties

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

During this visit, which will be conducted over the phone, we will:

  • Go over consent and assent (if applicable) forms with you and your child
  • Ask you questions about your child's background and medical history
  • Ask permission to review your child's vaccination history
  • Instruct you on how to collect a stool sample
  • Instruct you on how to collect a nose swab

All supplies for collecting the stool sample and nose swab, as well as detailed instructions for collecting each sample and returning the samples to the hospital, will be provided. We ask that parents schedule a time to participate in the study when they will be at home with their child, so that supply drop off and sample pickup can be easily arranged.

You will be paid for your time in the study. You can earn up to $40.

Who can I contact for more information?

To learn more, call 206-884-1100 or email the study coordinator.

Study Location(s):

Research tele-visit

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Janet Englund
Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research