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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 5th Dec 2017

Seqirus mentions
Be FLUent Partnership Shines Spotlight on Importance of Flu Prevention in Seniors
Seqirus, in partnership with leading health care provider advocacy organizations, announced the launch of Be FLUent, a collaborative initiative that brings together nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists to drive dialogue about influenza prevention between health care providers and their patients age 65 and older. "We're proud to be partnering with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation and the Physician Assistant Foundation to elevate the importance of flu prevention in older adults," said Gregg C. Sylvester, MD, MPH, Global Head, Medical Affairs, Seqirus
Confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta triples last season
There have been 1,147 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu this season in Alberta, compared to just 374 last year at this stage. People are advised to get vaccinated. Only one type of influenza vaccine is being offered free of charge: Fluzone. The influenza vaccine FLUAD, designed to boost the immune response in seniors, will not be available except to seniors living in long-term care or supportive living
Pandemic Influenza News
SW China reports H7N9 case
Southwest China's Yunnan Province reported a human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said. The patient, a 64-year-old male from Kunming, was confirmed as having the infection on Nov. 30. A dozen chicken raised by the patient died successively before the man fell ill
Tainan reports avian influenza case in rare migratory bird
In Taiwan, a rare black-faced spoonbill found dead at a park in Tainan was confirmed to have been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said Monday. The migratory bird was discovered by the Taijiang National Park last Friday, and it tested positive for the H5 avian influenza, the office said
Bird flu outbreak averted
In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry has placed Cabiao, Nueva Ecija under observation after the confirmation of the presence of avian influenza in a poultry farm in the said area. BAI has assured the contamination is contained but that it will continue to monitor the area as a precaution
New Zealand not ready for a pandemic
In New Zealand, Professor of Public health, Michael Baker, says the level of threat for a pandemic is rising and there are more pandemic diseases globally. "We really need a major stocktake of New Zealand's capacity in this area because you do need a large critical mass of scientists and support staff with the right expertise." Michael Baker says he 's worked in this area for 25 years and our capacity has decreased over that time
Bird-flu case in Cabiao to delay resumption of chicken exports
Exporters would have to wait until the first quarter of 2018 for the Philippines to regain its bird flu-free status, after a new case of avian influenza was discovered in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. The discovery of AI in a layer farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, reset the country’s countdown to bird flu-free status
Avian Flu From Abroad Can Spread in North American Poultry, Wild Birds
Some avian influenza viruses that are able to enter North America from other continents through migrating birds can be deadly to poultry and can infect waterfowl populations, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Results from our study are important because they can help managers enhance biosecurity and guard against the most likely sources of avian flu outbreaks in the United States,” said Dan Grear, a disease ecologist with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center and the lead author of the study
News Scan for Dec 04, 2017 - H7N9, H9N2 cases in China
China has detected two new human avian influenza cases, one involving an adult sickened by H7N9 and the other a young child infected with H9N2, according to government reports in the region. The H7N9 illness, China's first since September, involves a 64-year-old man in the Yunnan province city of Kunming. The mainland has also reported a new H9N2 infection, involving a 20-month-old girl from Changsha City in Hunan province
Avian flu in Tivoli, the end of emergency, as the H5N8 virus remains under control
ASL has proposed the possible restocking of animals a period of 21 days after the last hygiene intervention, said to be 19 December 2017, as required by the relevant regulations.
Now the avian influenza risk is reduced, the ban of poultry is relaxed
The risk of avian influenza in Finland this year is lower than last year, and therefore the time for extinction of poultry is shortened by three months from the present, says the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. However, the prohibition is still necessary because the avian influenza H5N8 epidemic continues in Europe. Under the new regulation, poultry can not be kept outdoors due to bird flu fluctuations from the beginning of March to the end of May. The regulation applies also to livestock yards in this section.
Industry News
Philippines orders probe into Sanofi dengue vaccine for 730,000 children
The Philippines ordered an investigation on Monday into the immunization of more than 730,000 children with a vaccine for dengue that has been suspended following an announcement by Sanofi that it could worsen the disease in some cases. The WHO said it hoped to conduct a full review by year-end of data on the vaccine
Cloud, AI help Vancouver biotech detect deadly diseases in the air
A Vancouver startup that detects deadly pathogens in the air before they strike humans is getting a shot in the arm from IBM Corp.’s cloud and machine learning technologies. The OneTest platform from Fusion Genomics is designed to spot contagious diseases like Zika virus, avian flu and swine flu while they’re still airborne but haven’t infected humans yet
Trouble mounts for Sanofi dengue vaccine over safety concerns
The WHO hopes to review safety data on Sanofi’s dengue vaccine this month, while the Philippines ordered an investigation of its now suspended massive immunization program after the French drugmaker said it could actually worsen the disease in some cases. Sanofi attempted to allay concerns, saying in a statement that “the vast majority of those vaccinated to date live in high endemic settings and, therefore, will have had a prior dengue infection before vaccination.”
CVS is said to agree to buy Aetna - deal could reshape the healthcare industry
CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion in a deal that would combine the drugstore giant with one of the biggest health insurers in the U.S. and has the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry. The transaction reflects the increasingly blurred lines between the traditionally separate spheres of a rapidly changing industry. It represents an effort to make both companies more appealing to consumers as health care that was once delivered in a doctor’s office more often reaches consumers over the phone, at a retail clinic or via an app
Academic studies
Studies spotlight heavy burden of severe flu in developing nations
Three new studies shed more light on the burden of flu hospitalizations and deaths in developing countries, one a meta-analysis that compared levels of serious illnesses in high- and lower-income countries, and others that looked at severe infections in Rwanda and deaths in Bangladesh
The moral differences between pro- and anti-vaccine parents
Vaccination information campaigns that emphasize fairness or preventing harm sometimes backfire and can worsen vaccine hesitancy, research has shown. A study published in Nature Human Behaviour suggests a more effective way to reach vaccine-hesitant parents may be to focus on two potentially powerful moral values that underlie people’s attitudes and judgments: individual liberty and purity
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Immunizations A Priority During National Influenza Week
With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already been immunized. National Influenza Vaccination Week is a time to highlight the importance of flu vaccine throughout the holiday season and beyond
Flu vaccine believed to be about 10% effective against influenza strain
Medical experts warn that the upcoming flu season could be more severe because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness. A report published in NEJM says this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective against the influenza A strain. One reason for the severe flu season may be because this year's vaccine may have been mismatched for other specific flu strains
North Somerset healthcare group lands contract to give flu vaccines across region
In the UK, North Somerset Community Partnership will be the lead provider of flu immunisations in schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire from June 2018. The NSCP already provides the flu vaccine at schools in North Somerset where last year it achieved an uptake rate of 78 per cent – the highest in the South West. It will now lead sub-contractors Bristol Community Health and Sirona Care & Health to continue delivering the service after being awarded the contract by NHS England
Nationwide vaccine shortages could cause trouble for travellers
Popular vaccines, needed for travel to some areas, are getting harder to come by in Canada. Drug companies are accountable to the healthcare industry and the public. In March, Health Canada introduced mandatory reporting regulations which require manufacturers to publicly notify of all anticipated and actual shortages, as well as discontinuations on the Canadian Drug Shortage website. The good news, according to Tim Brady, a drug store owner and former head of the Essex County Pharmacists Association, is at least people are getting vaccinated. He said this year there was somewhat of a shortage for the flu vaccine, as there was such an uptake from the public to get it
Flu Virus Can Be Deadlier Than War
Although modern medicine effectively controls many diseases, influenza remains difficult to protect against. The World Health Organization estimates that every year influenza kills 250,000 to 500,000 people around the world. To stop the next pandemic, scientists are now researching how to create a universal influenza vaccine
Burden of disease
Ward closed to new admissions after flu outbreak
In Scotland, Arbroath Infirmary's medical unit has been closed to new admissions after an outbreak of influenza A. NHS Tayside said a "small number" of patients in the ward are being monitored and "enhanced infection control precautions" are in place to control the spread of the virus
Mother dies from flu just one day after diagnosis
A 20-year-old mother from Phoenix with the flu died one day after getting the diagnosis. Alani Murrieta, who is the mother of a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old, reportedly checked into the hospital last Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and died by 3:25 p.m. She had no pre-existing condition
Missouri and Illinois Keeping Flu Numbers Low
Influenza hits four U.S. states hard, but Missouri and Illinois aren’t one of them. Nationwide, the CDC says it has never had this many cases this early in the flu season — with Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma reporting widespread flu outbreaks
Widespread flu activity reported in Massachusetts
Widespread flu activity is being reported in Massachusetts and it is the highest amount of activity the state has seen in some time. The CDC said Massachusetts was one of four states to report widespread flu activity in the country the previous week. Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma were the other states included in the report. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said doctors have seen more than twice the number of patients with flu-like illnesses around this time of the year compared to the past two years
CDC Flu Update: Influenza-Like Illness Consultations Rise Above Baseline
According to this week’s FluView report from the CDC, seasonal influenza activity increased in the U.S. The proportion of people seeing their healthcare provider for influenza-like-illness is above the national baseline for the first time this season. Influenza A(H3N2) viruses were most commonly reported during week 47 (the week ending Nov. 25, 2017) and have been the predominant virus so far this season. Several flu activity indicators were higher than is typically seen for this time of year.