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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 17th Nov 2017

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BioCryst To Present At 29th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference
BioCryst executives are scheduled to provide a corporate summary and update regarding the Company's clinical programs at the 29th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference in New York on November 28.
Pandemic Influenza News
Rare Bird Flu Strikes Cats: What You Need to Know
A rare strain of bird flu recently surfaced in sick cats in New York. Tests have confirmed that 386 cats housed in New York City's Animal Care Centers were infected with the H7N2 strain of the influenza virus. One veterinarian who had prolonged exposure to the infected cats tested positive and recovered. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against H7N2, but the CDC says, "There is a candidate vaccine virus in the U.S. pandemic preparedness stockpile that could be provided to flu vaccine manufactures to mass produce a H7N2 flu vaccine in the case of an emergency."
Italy: IZSV Reports 3 More HPAI H5N8 Outbreaks
The pace of HPAI H5 outbreaks in Italy continues to rise, with 15 outbreaks reported in the first half of November. Nearly as many as were reported in the first half of the year. In addition to these poultry outbreaks, there have been a number of detections in wild birds as well. Today, we've three more outbreaks reported by Italy's IZSV, bringing the total for 2017 to 79
Bird Flu in 2016 Spread by Wild Migratory Birds
The H5N8 bird flu virus was identified in the Netherlands in November 2016. A large number of dead wild birds were found and the virus spread to various poultry farms. Studies by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research now show that the bird flu virus identified in 2016 was brought over to the Netherlands by wild migratory birds from Russia
South Africa Government : MEC Alan Winde provides update on avian influenza
In South Africa, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, provided an update on avian influenza during a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He said that there are currently 68 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. The rate of infection is slowing down considerably and there have been no new infections at commercial poultry farms since 18 October
Industry News
Nasal flu spray stocks in short supply, public health says
Ottawa Public Health is cautioning parents that it is running short of FluMist inhalable flu protection. The health officials said more FluMist is on order and the city expects its supplies to be replenished by next week
FluMist Quadrivalent gains tentative approval
In Australia, following a review of FluMist Quadrivalent influenza virus vaccine nasal spray’s quality, safety and efficacy—the findings of which were published in an Australian Public Assessment Report—the TGA has approved the registration of FluMist Quadrivalent for the prevention of influenza in children and adolescents from 24 months to less than 18 years of age
New Swine Inactivated Mucosal Flu A Virus Vaccine from Aptimmune
Aptimmune introduces the industry’s first inactivated mucosal influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) vaccine administered via nasal spray. Aptimmune’s IAV-S vaccine utilizes the BARRICADE proprietary vaccine formulation that gives swine producers and veterinarians a completely different approach to conventional inactivated injectable and live virus vaccines for safely preventing and managing respiratory disease
Multinationals struggle in battle with local drugmakers
In Korea, an increasing number of multinational pharmaceutical giants are losing their battle against local drugmakers, armed with generic copies. Roche recently canceled its plan to release Tamiflu Suspension Powder 12 mg. The product had been approved by the health authorities, but the company did not launch it. Observers said Roche did not need to maintain the approval for the 12 mg product because generic copies of Tamiflu poured into the market, following the expiration of Tamiflu’s patent
Academic studies
Vaccination with Recombinant Parainfluenza Virus 5 Expressing Neuraminidase Protects against Homologous and Heterologous Influenza Virus Challenge
A study showed that vaccination with parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5), a promising live viral vector expressing NA from avian (H5N1) or pandemic (H1N1) influenza virus, elicited NA-specific antibody and T cell responses, which conferred protection against homologous and heterologous influenza virus challenges. Vaccination with PIV5-N1 NA provided cross-protection against challenge with a heterosubtypic (H3N2) virus. Experiments using antibody transfer indicate that antibodies to NA have an important role in protection. These findings indicate that PIV5 expressing NA may be effective as a broadly protective vaccine against seasonal influenza and emerging pandemic threats
Flu pandemic emergence, genesis of thalamic oscillations, making sense of tumor heterogeneity, ten simple rules for responding to reviewers and structuring papers
Researchers found that seasonal influenza epidemics leave a wake of immunity that impedes pandemic emergence. This transient refractory period is consistent with the spring-summer emergence, multiple wave dynamics of recent pandemics, and may cause initial underestimation of the viral transmission rate. These findings may improve pre-pandemic risk assessments and real-time situational awareness, particularly as we gain greater insight into the extent of immunity
Getting flu shot annually has no impact on natural immunity, researchers find
Recent research revealed there is no negative to getting a flu shot each and every year. New findings debunked earlier studies that had suggested having repeated annual influenza vaccination can prevent natural immunity to the virus, and potentially increase the susceptibility to influenza illness in the event of a pandemic, or when the vaccine does not "match" the virus circulating in the community
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news
Catching the flu is troubling, we are seeing a boom of vaccinations among the elderly: the Vercelli area exceeds the regional average for people seeking vaccination
The numbers being vaccinated is rising each year. "This year," explains Gabriele Bagnasco, health expert said, "we have bought over 28,000 doses." For the 2017 campaign, ASL is counting on deeper coordination with family physicians, who make the initial selection and physically administer the vaccinations
General Influenza News
Influenza - increase in the statistics for those suffering from respiratory diseases
The flu epidemic in 2017/2018 has already claimed three lives in Germany. Now the number of respiratory diseases has been seen to be increasing slightly year on year. The paper poses the question to readers when does getting a flu vaccination become important?
Diabetes: Vaccines Against Some Diseases Prevent Complications
In Brazil, diabetics of any age should get access to flu vaccine in the public network by simply presenting a prescription proving their clinical condition, but only those over 60 can also get the pneumonia vaccine
There were fewer cases of influenza and bronchiolitis in 2017
In Argentina, there have been fewer cases of influenza and bronchiolitis in 2017 than in previous years, according to statistics. The largest number of cases and consultations were concentrated in the last week of June and the first week of July, when there was an unexpected peak. Vaccination coverage for the most at risk groups has proven to be important. From the Ministry of Health's perspective in the province, this highlights the importance of getting vaccinated against influenza in the March and April period.
Influenza: pharmacists licensed to vaccinate in two regions
In Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and New Aquitaine, pharmacists are allowed to vaccinate certain patients against influenza. The goal is to increase the number of people immunized
Free flu jabs for care workers
The NHS in Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County Council are helping social care workers to Stay Well this Winter by offering everyone working in direct personal care a free flu vaccination. More than 10,000 people across Oxfordshire are set to benefit from this new NHS funded scheme, including care home and hospital staff, community workers and those providing personal home support
Deadly Aussie flu headed this way
Doctors across Cumbria, UK, are issuing a stark warning to patients about the threat of a massive outbreak of killer flu this winter, and are therefore urging anyone who has not yet had their flu jab to ensure they are vaccinated urgently
Theresa May urges MPs to tell constituents to get winter flu jab
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on MPs to encourage everyone who is eligible for a flu jab to get one. It came as senior Labour sources confirmed Jeremy Corbyn would not be having one this winter
How good employers can offer staff a flu-free Christmas
It is estimated that the flu costs UK businesses in the region of 7.6 million working days – worth a whopping £1.35 billion to the UK economy. A growing number of companies are attempting to tackle this problem by offering their staff free flu jabs. While not every member of staff will want an injection, offering staff the choice can benefit both them and their company
Safe and Proper Use of Nonprescription Products for Cold and Flu Season
During this time of year, many patients are likely to seek counsel regarding the proper selection from the plethora of nonprescription products on the market to treat and manage the symptoms generally associated with the common cold and the seasonal flu. Pharmacists should seize the opportunity to stress the magnitude of obtaining an annual influenza vaccination as well as suggesting different non-pharmacologic measures
Q&A: Flu vaccination coverage benefits economy, not just overall health
The CDC recommends influenza vaccination for everyone aged 6 months and older. However, vaccination coverage in the 2016-2017 season fell below the Healthy People 2020 targets of 70%. According to the CDC, only 59% of children aged 6 months to 17 years and 43.3% of adults aged 18 years or older were vaccinated during the last influenza season.
The seasonal flu vaccination campaign is in full swing
Professor Bruno Lina, director of the national centre for influenza reference in Lyon, France, talks about the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu, how the flu vaccine is conceived each year, and about the fact that pharmacists are being trained to administer the vaccine themselves
Politicians are split - passionate discussions over getting vaccinated in the Federal parliament
In Switzerland, on this particular health matter, politicians are split over whether getting a flu jab is a must or not, their opinions on influenza vaccine diverge, as a survey by Blick shows
Despite the flu rolling in, only one-in-five are getting vaccinated
In Switzerland, statistics published on Wednesday confirm that around 2,500 more people died during the flu epidemic in spring 2015 than in earlier years. And in 2016, the so-called 'excess mortality rate' was about 1,600 more deaths than average. Older people were particularly affected. It can not be said that the flu alone is responsible for these deaths, but it can be assumed that they play a role, said Daniel Koch of the Federal Office of Public Health
Nurses - get vaccinated against the flu
In France, nurses are being encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu as a measure to stop the spread of infection to more vulnerable people
Wesel District health department advises people to get vaccinated
The Rhineland/Hamburg health department district of Wesel is urgently recommending people get vaccinated. Because, says AOK Regional Director Barbara Nickesen: "The flu virus is a dangerous infection that can cause serious complications and be even fatal." The flu epidemic at the beginning of this year led to "only" 629 deaths in Germany, but according to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute, there were around 21,300 flu deaths during the 2014/2015 season, the highest death rate since 1996, and worries exist that the next winter could be a bad one once more
Burden of disease
Flu Complications Claim Life Of Potsdam Boy
In the U.S., an 11 year-old boy, Rayden LaBarge, died suddenly Saturday after going into sudden cardiac arrest, apparently from complications due to the flu. Public health officials say in the 2016-2017 flu season, there were eight child deaths in New York state
Melbourne woman Sarah Hawthorn wakes up from flu coma three months after giving birth
A Victorian woman who had no idea she’d given birth because of a horror flu has finally woken up from a coma, three months after having her baby. Doctors were forced to deliver the 33-year-old’s baby early due to complications from the severe flu, putting her in an induced coma.
First lab-confirmed case of the flu reported in Guelph
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is reporting its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza B in Guelph. With the announcement of the first flu case comes urging from public health for anyone who hasn't done so already to get a flu shot soon, particularly those vulnerable to the seasonal illness
Year's First Two Flu Deaths Confirmed In LA County
Health officials Thursday confirmed the first two flu- related deaths in Los Angeles County for the 2017-18 flu season, and again urged residents to get vaccinated. The two patients were a middle-aged woman and an "elderly" man, and both had underlying health conditions, according to the county Department of Public Health
Third Flu Related Death Reported This Season: HHSA
In the U.S., a third San Diegan has died from flu complications in a flu season moving at a faster pace than previous years, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced. The 85-year-old woman, who had pre-existing medical conditions, died Nov. 4; she tested positive for influenza A. She is the third person to die as results of the flu this season