Whats the Story Study - Serum Testing of Representative Youngsters

09/07/2020 updated statement

We would like to take a blood sample from people aged from birth to 19 years of age to look at their antibody levels against important infectious diseases. We are particularly interested in Group C meningococcus (MenC), Diphtheria and in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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What happens in this study?

  • We are looking to enrol children and adults aged from birth to 19 years old.
  • There will be a single visit with a blood test. 
  • We will ask if you would be happy to take be approached for additional blood and saliva samples at 2 monthly intervals (this is optional and the maximum number of additional visits is 3)
  • We will ask you some basic information including age, gender and vaccination history.
  • The whole appointment should take around 45 minutes

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary. We will be looking at population level information and would not be providing individual results, but everyone who takes part will be making an important contribution to fighting infectious disease in the UK.


If you would like to register your interest in taking part in this study, please use the following link:


or you can contact the study team at 01752 432447 or plh-tr.whatsthestory@nhs.net if you have further questions or would like to register your interest. 

For further information please visit: www.whatsthestory.org.uk


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