"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 6th Dec 2017

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JCVI committee recommends using the adjuvanted vaccine for seasonal influenza
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, JCVI ), has preferentially recommended the adjuvanted vaccine for the prevention of seasonal influenza in people over 65 years during the next flu campaign. The committee advises Primary Care physicians and other health professionals to strongly look at adjuvanted Seqirus vaccine as the most effective tool with the best cost / efficacy profile compared to conventional vaccines.
Be FLUent Partnership Shines Spotlight on Importance of Flu Prevention in Seniors
Seqirus today, in partnership with leading health care provider advocacy organizations, announced the launch of Be FLUent, a collaborative initiative that brings together nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and pharmacists to drive dialogue about influenza (flu) prevention between health care providers and their patients age 65 and older.
Australia: Paragon to acquire Seqirus’ blood business
Paragon Care has agreed to acquire the immunohaematology business unit from CSL subsidiary Seqirus for A$8.5 million (US$6.4 million).
Rite Aid Teams Up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle to Remind People to Get Vaccinated During National Influenza Vaccination Week
In an effort to encourage people to get a flu shot, Rite Aid is teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle during National Influenza Vaccination Week. This year Rite Aid is offering three types of flu vaccines: a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against four strains of the flu, the standard trivalent vaccine, and FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant, an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination, which is approved for people 65 and older
Pandemic Influenza News
No slaughter for 12,000 Lot-et-Garonne bird flu ducks
The 12,000 ducks in the Lot-et-Garonne in France infected with a low-risk strain of bird flu will not be killed, it was confirmed today. The department has decided not to slaughter the animals, which are infected with H5N3, a weak strain of avian flu. The decision not to slaughter the animals has been seen as significant, especially since this farm in particular was already affected by the outbreaks of bird flu seen in France at the beginning of 2017
Pampanga gets P7.7-M anti-bird flu 'token' from China
Describing it as a "token of friendship," the Chinese government turned over P7.7 million to the provincial government for Pampanga's anti-avian influenza campaign. The money will be spent on a mobile laboratory that would regularly go to poultry facilities all over the province to conduct tests on chickens and other birds as a pro-active measure against avian influenza
Timely interventions needed to attain bird flu-free status
In the Philippines, just when the government thought that the bird-flu crisis wass over, the virus struck again in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Avian influenza affected a layer farm in Cabiao, forcing the owner to cull some 42,000 birds. The Cabiao flock was hit by the same strain (H5N6), which killed thousands of birds in Pampanga.
Migratory bird infected with H5N6 bird flu in Southern Taiwan
The remains of a black-faced spoonbill discovered at a park in Tainan were confirmed to have been infected with H5N6 avian influenza and epidemic prevention has been set up to prevent other infections. The H5 subtype found in this incident was different from the previous bird flu strains reported in Hsinchu in February of this year; however, the result showed similarity in the gene with the H5N8 bird flu found in Europe
China - 1 new human H9N2 case - Changsha City, Hunan province
One new confirmed case of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza virus in Yunnan Province was reported in a 64-year-old male farmer, who lives in the city of Kunming. Before the presentation of symptoms, he had contact with dead birds. A further confirmed case of human infection with H9N2 avian influenza virus was also recorded in another region of Hunan Province. In this situation the infection was detected in a 20-month-old female child
Avian influenza H7N9 viruses: a rare second warning
Avian influenza A H7N9 viruses that emerged in China in 2013 have reappeared each year, causing more than 1 600 severe human infections. As these viruses have evolved in nature, they have gained some and can gain additional virulence determinants that enhance their risk for humans, underlining the urgent need to control and eradicate H7N9 viruses in China.
Industry News
Sanofi continues to seek clinical trial waiver in India for controversial dengue vaccine
Sanofi said it will continue to seek a phase 3 clinical trial waiver in India for its dengue vaccine, even as countries like the Philippines have initiated investigation on possible adverse effects of the vaccine on people. Sanofi has come under criticism for its lack of transparency while launching its vaccine
Why You May Feel Like Garbage After You Get the Flu Shot
You cannot catch the flu from a flu shot, but there can be reaction symptoms. Symptoms of the FluMist vaccine include runny nose or nasal congestion, fever, and sore throat. You can also experience muscle aches, decreased appetite, or lethargy
Sanofi discontinues C. diff candidate in blow to vaccine unit
Sanofi will shut down further development of its C. difficile vaccine following a review by an independent data monitoring committee that found the study unlikely to meet its primary goal. In its short release announcing the setback, the company said it would focus resources on six "key vaccine projects." Sanofi lists three other vaccines currently in Phase 3 in its pipeline, including a quadrivalent flu vaccine and a conjugate meningococcal vaccine
Academic studies
Experts Warn of Severe Influenza, Low Vaccine Efficacy
Infectious disease experts from the US National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization warn that current approaches to seasonal influenza vaccine development have left the United States relatively defenseless against the influenza A (H3N2) strain now making its way over from the Southern hemisphere. They call for a "transformative approach" to a universal vaccine, rather than the seasonal, strain-specific one currently used. They also recommend ditching egg-based vaccine propagation in favor of cell culture or the recombinant DNA baculovirus system
Why, Even With Depressing Predictions About Flu Vaccine Effectiveness, We Should Still Recommend and Get It
A particularly bad flu season in Australia, mostly due to H3N2 influenza A, has public health officials concerned we’re going to see the same thing here in the northern hemisphere. Our flu vaccine’s estimated effectiveness against the H3N2 strain is only 10%. This low effectiveness isn’t due to a strain-vaccine mismatch. But this low efficacy notwithstanding, the CDC, public health officials, and the vast majority of ID doctors still strongly recommend the vaccine for various reasons
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General Influenza News
Schnucks observes National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6 – 12 with $10 gift cards for those who receive flu shot
Schnucks pharmacies are offering $10 Schnucks gift cards to all patients who get a flu shot at any of its 95 Schnucks Pharmacies between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12. as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week
Flu vaccine recommended despite report questioning effectiveness
Some flu protection is better than none. That’s the advice of Dr. Michael Parry, director of infectious diseases at Stamford Hospital, in response to a recent study indicating this year’s flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective. Parry said the report, published last week by the New England Journal of Medicine, should not deter people from protecting themselves against the flu
Influenza 2017-2018: worries about the impact of the H3N2 virus, there are fears about the flu vaccines efficacy
There are strong fluctuations in the amount and regional variations of U.S. of cases of influenza. There are even more worries about the real possibility of a very low level of protection offered by this year's flu vaccine against H3N2
Flu vaccine gets bad wrap, but experts say studies could be flawed
Millions of Americans will get the flu vaccine, but a new study is raising doubts about this year’s flu shot. The confusion started when an article was published in the NEJM about the mismatching of flu viruses with vaccines. But the article applies to studies in conducted in Australia, not the U.S. Infectious disease physician Dr. John Venglarcik said the studies could be wrong. “The devil is in the details. You really have to look at these studies. That is why a true vaccine effectiveness really is not available for peer review for about 18 months after the season is over”
Is it a crime to avoid vaccines? People who refuse are being punished with jail and job loss
As governments and communities reassess how to handle parents who hesitate or decline when offered vaccinations, they are also confronting notions about when a person’s choice be punished. Should the consequence for one person's health care choice look so similar to the ones society doles out for crimes?
More nurses having flu vaccination could cut absence rates, study shows
Persuading more nurses and other NHS staff to have the flu vaccination could dramatically reduce overall sickness absence rates, a study shows. Researchers from Imperial College London gathered data on immunisation programmes and NHS absences from four flu seasons starting in 2011. They collected information on 800,000 staff working at 223 trusts across England. They found that a 10% increase in the vaccination rate among NHS staff was associated with an identical fall in absences
Concerns raised in Alberta about flu shot's success rate against predominant strain
Health officials in Alberta say it's still important for people get flu shots, despite indications from Australia that the vaccine may not be effective against this year's predominant strain. Alberta Health Services said it's too early to speculate on the effectiveness of this year's vaccine, noting that several flu strains are circulating in Alberta. "These viruses are not identical to those in the southern hemisphere," AHS spokesperson Rob Gereghty said
Two thirds of GPs say their practice will struggle to cope this winter
In the UK, medical practices warn that they are already at breaking point and in no position to absorb the normal seasonal rise in workload, let alone cope with a major flu outbreak - which has been widely predicted - or other surge in illness. A total of 68% of 633 GPs who took part in the GPonline poll said that their practice would struggle to cope this winter, while 90% said the NHS as a whole would struggle
Early Flu Season Hits Mass., Amid Questions About Vaccine Match
"In the state and in the country, we seem to be having an earlier-than-usual flu season this year," said Dr. Larry Madoff, a director in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "I'd say we're about three or four weeks ahead of where we would be in a typical year — but many years are atypical." The flu season usually peaks in late January or February, sometimes as late as March, but this year, some predictions warn that cases of flu could soar right around the winter holiday season.
Bluewater Health anticipating increased emergency room demand
In Canada, a local hospital executive is asking people to help the community avoid emergency-room backlogs this month. Laurie Zimmer, vice-president operations at Bluewater Health, said people who have flu-like symptoms should be checking in with their family doctors or other primary health-care providers. Ditto for updating and filling prescriptions before Christmas and New Year’s arrive, she said, noting all primary care providers have information about the dates they’re closed. “We’re being prepared for increased volumes over that time,” she said
That Flu Shot You Got This Year May Not Protect You. Here's Why
Long before the beginning of the flu season, scientists try to determine which strains of the virus will be most prevalent during a given season and concoct a vaccine with those strains in mind. This year, it seems, the scientists may have gotten it wrong, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. "Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths," the researchers note. "However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," the team noted
"Tough Year" Expected for Influenza Season in US
This year’s influenza season is getting off to a brutal start, and making things worse, the flu vaccine is expected to be less effective than in past years, according to Anthony S. Fauci, director of the NIAID. The U.S. season is getting off to a roaring start, with serious outbreaks in the Southeast, particularly Mississippi and Louisiana. While the season starts in the fall, “you don’t get intense outbreaks until the end of December, beginning of January,” Fauci said
Burden of disease
In Mexico there is a latent risk of an AH1N1 flu epidemic
The risk of an epidemic derived from the contagion of influenza virus AH1N1 is latent in Mexico, according to specialists from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The more mutations of the virus exist and fewer people are vaccinated, the risk of a pandemic increases. Influenza is an infection of viral origin; It affects the bronchi, larynx and nasal passages, but can spread to the lungs. In some cases, the symptoms are confused with those of a cold, but they are more intense. Fever, acute muscle pain, headache and dry cough can extend up to one or two weeks, incapacitating the patient. In populations at risk, children under 5 and older adults, influenza can lead to pneumonia and death.
The number of flu cases in San Luis Potosí rise, reinforcing the need for people to get vaccinated
So far, the entities with the most confirmed cases of influenza are: Colima, Nuevo León, Nayarit, Guerrero and San Luis Potosí, which together account for 42.5% of the total of the 153 confirmed cases. In order to avoid an increase in influenza cases, the health sector in San Luis Potosí reinforced the application of vaccines that already exceeded 50% of the target set for this season. "We still have vaccines. To date we have more than 414 thousand doses that have been applied, we have over 54% of vaccinations. We have 10 cases, ten confirmed cases of influenza throughout the state, "said Fernando Méndez, chief of epidemiological surveillance of the Ministry of Health
Has city seen the worst of swine flu this year?
After creating havoc in Nagpur for the whole year, swine flu seems to have finally disappeared from the city. In the last 22 days, no new positive cases have come up. However, two deaths of patients undergoing treatment for over a month have been registered in this period. As per Nagpur Municipal Corporation records, the toll of positive cases remains at 356 till Tuesday but the death toll has reached 44. As of now, there are no patients in any hospital in the city
Flu virus spreading faster than last season, 4 states already have widespread cases
The spread of the flu is moving quicker this year than last, with four states already in the "widespread" category according to the CDC.Last year at this time there were no states in the widespread category. This year, for the last week in November, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia and Massachusetts have hit that mark already.
Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won’t match dominant strain
The flu season is off to an early start in Massachusetts this year amid mounting concern that the flu vaccination might not be effective against the most dominant strain. The state has seen a “very rapid increase” in influenza-like illness and a surge in confirmed flu cases, the state’s public health commissioner Monica Bharel said
CDC influenza update: Influenza-like illness consultations rise above baseline
CDC's most recent FluView report shows that seasonal influenza activity increased in the United States, with the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness above the national baseline for the first time this season. So far this season, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been the predominant virus.
Flu kills 20 year old woman - how common is it to die from influenza?
A 20-year-old Arizona mother died just days after she was diagnosed with the flu. Though her death is tragic, it is thankfully rare among influenza patients.Flu and pneumonia is the eighth most common cause of death for Americans. But according to data from the CDC, there have been fewer deaths from the flu lately than usual.
Flu season hitting hard in Missouri
The 2017-2018 flu season is off to an early start in Missouri. As of November 25, 2017, there were 1,545 cases of the flu reported to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, compared to 379 cases reported at the same time last year
Southern Nevada sees increase over last year in flu cases
As flu season kicks into gear, health officials in Southern Nevada remind residents that it’s not too late to get vaccinated. There have been 136 reported flu cases this year, including one death — five times the number of cases reported at this time last year, according to the latest flu surveillance data from the Southern Nevada Health District
Huge patient numbers in NSW flu season
The horror flu season contributed to the highest recorded number of patients presenting to NSW public hospital emergency departments in the 2017 winter season. More than 720,000 patients presented to public hospital emergency departments between July and September this year, the latest quarterly report from the Bureau of Health Information revealed.