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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 20th Jul 2017

News Highlights
The flu vaccines are coming: GSK, Sanofi ship the first of more than 150M doses headed to U.S. GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have already kicked off their flu shot shipments. CSL’s Seqirus hasn’t announced its first shipments, but a spokesperson said the company plans to ship more than 50 million doses during the upcoming season
Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes The battle against drug-resistant superbugs has neglected a key weapon, scientists say: using vaccines to quell the spread of resistance; even vaccines against viral diseases, such as influenza, can help to prevent overuse of antibiotics
Influenza linked to brain disease in kids Influenza has been linked to a deadly brain disease in Australian children, prompting calls for a universal flu vaccination program for the very young; during the past three flu seasons, 54 cases of potentially fatal influenza associated neurological disease were recorded among children at two Australian hospitals
Vaccinated patients admitted to LGH`s ward 6D Australian health unions say the Launceston General Hospital has reached crisis point, with patients waiting up to four days to be moved to acute wards, and vaccinated patients being admitted to a ward closed to admissions because of a flu outbreak
Kyrgyzstan to receive additional 105,000 doses of influenza vaccine Kyrgyzstan will receive 105,000 doses of influenza vaccine for more than $1,300,000, and will be provided with expendable materials for vaccination and training of medical workers
Swine flu returns: Why it is bigger, more dangerous now than in 2016 An explanation as to why H1N1 infections in India are deadlier than before this year
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The flu vaccines are coming: GSK, Sanofi ship the first of more than 150M doses headed to U.S.
GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have already kicked off their flu shot shipments. CSL’s Seqirus hasn’t announced its first shipments, but a spokesperson said the company plans to ship more than 50 million doses during the upcoming season
Pandemic Influenza News
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
To date, a total of 1,554 laboratory-confirmed human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported through IHR notification since early 2013 in China
Vaccinated patients admitted to LGH`s ward 6D
Australian health unions say the Launceston General Hospital has reached crisis point, with patients waiting up to four days to be moved to acute wards, and vaccinated patients being admitted to a ward closed to admissions because of a flu outbreak
Industry News
Flagship Russia/Nicaragua vaccines project runs into trouble
The launch of a new Russian-Nicaraguan vaccine production will be postponed for the end of 2017; at the initial stage the plant should have produced a vaccine against influenza
Sanofi Pasteur ships first vaccine doses ahead of flu season
Sanofi Pasteur said that the U.S. FDA has released its first doses of this year’s Fluzone vaccine, and the company has started distributing initial shipments, the first of nearly 70 million doses for the upcoming year
DNA-Based Compound Shuts Down Seasonal Flu in Preclinical Study
Inovio announced its "DNA-based monoclonal antibody [dMAb] product for flu produced broadly cross-reactive antibodies that provided complete protection from a lethal challenge with multiple viruses from both influenza A and B types in a preclinical study"
Academic studies
Scientists explain the mechanism by which adjuvants in vaccines stimulate our immune system
Adjuvants are often included in vaccines to stimulate the immune system and so make a vaccine more effective. Now an A*STAR team has explained a new immune pathway of a commonly used vaccine adjuvant, aluminum salts or ‘alum’
The Syk–NFAT–IL-2 Pathway in Dendritic Cells Is Required for Optimal Sterile Immunity Elicited by Alum Adjuvants
Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes
The battle against drug-resistant superbugs has neglected a key weapon, scientists say: using vaccines to quell the spread of resistance; even vaccines against viral diseases, such as influenza, can help to prevent overuse of antibiotics
Skin Vaccination with Microneedle Patch, Influenza Fusion Protein Improves Efficacy of Seasonal Flu Vaccines, Study Finds
A boosting skin vaccination with a biodegradable microneedle patch and protein constructed from sequences of influenza virus subtypes could improve the effectiveness of conventional influenza vaccines, according to a study led by Georgia State University
Skin vaccination with microneedle patch, influenza fusion protein improves efficacy of flu vaccines
Pediatric influenza news
Influenza linked to brain disease in kids
Influenza has been linked to a deadly brain disease in Australian children, prompting calls for a universal flu vaccination program for the very young; during the past three flu seasons, 54 cases of potentially fatal influenza associated neurological disease were recorded among children at two Australian hospitals
CHP investigating two cases of severe paediatric flu
In Hong Kong, two cases of severe paediatric influenza A infection were reported as public hospitals struggle to cope with a surge of new cases and shortage of doctors during the peak flu season this summer
Over 65’s influenza news
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General Influenza News
Scientific Evidence about vaccines and the EU Court
Recently news outlets ran headlines saying that the highest court of the European Union ruled, “Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof” or “without scientific evidence”, but this ruling was more complicated than the headlines suggest
Researcher examines vaccine rejection and hesitancy, calls to promote vaccination
Tara Smith, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Kent State University`s College of Public Health, challenges statements made by influential individuals who oppose the widespread use of vaccines, and calls upon her colleagues in the scientific community to speak out to promote vaccination
Kent State researcher examines vaccine rejection and hesitancy, calls to promote vaccination
Vaccine rejection and hesitancy: a review and call to action
FAO to launch early warning app for Egyptian producers
Egyptian poultry producers are to receive a high-tech helping hand to provide them with an early warning system in the battle against avian influenza and other poultry diseases
While the Italian Parliament discusses the government’s compulsory vaccination decree protestors are outside with placards and banner
In Italy, the decree on compulsory vaccinations proceeds but obstacles abound. Three new amendments have been set aside awaiting a technical report of the Accounting Department
We are not against vaccines but we want freedom of choice – more compulsory vaccination protestors gather
Protestors against the compulsory vaccines decree in Italy say they’re not against vaccines but want the freedom to decide whether or not to immunise their children
Increase in opting out of vaccinations sparks debate among parents
The debate over whether or not to vaccinate has intensified after the Maine CDC released new data that showed an increase in parents declining to vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons
Kyrgyzstan to receive additional 105,000 doses of influenza vaccine
Kyrgyzstan will receive 105,000 doses of influenza vaccine for more than $1,300,000, and will be provided with expendable materials for vaccination and training of medical workers
Biosecurity enhancements for county fairs when swine influenza is a concern
County fairs must take the proper precautions to protect their exhibitors, the animals and the public; promoting good hygiene, enhancing biosecurity practices at the fair, go a long way in protecting people and animals from the spread of zoonotic viruses
11 in Clinton County showing flu symptoms
There were 11 people sick with flu-like illness who have an association of visiting the hog barn last week at the Clinton County Fair, Ohio, the Clinton County health commissioner said
Pregnant woman dies of swine flu in Telangana
A pregnant woman died of swine flu and another person is undergoing treatment for H1N1 in Telangana, India
Why this is the worst flu season in years
New Department of Health national figures are suggesting the number of people with confirmed cases of flu in Australia is higher this year than in recent years. What is likely to make it the ‘worst’, is the number of cases, rather than a particular flu strain, says Dr Jill Thistlethwaite
Biodetection Technologies Biothreats and Pathogen Detection: Coverage from the Biodefense World Summit
The Biodefense World Summit had a wide variety of presentations and topics as diverse as the threats themselves, some of which are highlighted here
Swine Flu H3N2 outbreak: Patient Zero Swine
An outbreak of H3N2 Swine Flu has been reported in the Clinton County Fair in Ohio. While there are no human cases yet, people have been cautioned to keep their distance from hogs
Burden of disease
50% of all swine flu deaths in country from Maharashtra, says government
As many as 600 people have died of swine flu so far this year, a more than two-fold rise compared to last year, the government said; Maharashtra alone accounted for almost half of all deaths, as it recorded 284 deaths out of the 2,324 cases reported till July 9
Swine Flu: 5 Dead Of H1N1 Virus In Mumbai This Month
According to a statement issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai, in the first fortnight of this month, the civic hospitals registered 250 new cases of H1N1
Swine flu returns: Why it is bigger, more dangerous now than in 2016
An explanation as to why H1N1 infections in India are deadlier than before this year