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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 21st Jul 2017

News Highlights
Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines to the U.S. Market Seqirus is now shipping its portfolio of over 50 million doses of influenza vaccines to the U.S. market in preparation for the upcoming 2017-2018 influenza season
PMC falls short of H1N1 vaccines as swine flu cases spike in Maha Maharashtra tops the list of most H1N1 deaths reported across India, and there haven’t been enough H1N1 vaccines at any of the 19 PMC-run hospitals for the past two weeks
White House developing comprehensive biosecurity strategy: official The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the USA against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists
BiondVax Reports Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results for its Universal Flu Vaccine BiondVax reported statistically significant positive results from the Phase 2b clinical trial of M-001, its universal flu vaccine candidate. Both primary endpoints - safety and influenza-specific cellular immune response - were achieved
Swine Flu Linked to Parkinson`s Like Brain Changes Growing evidence suggests that neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s may develop in part due to environmental factors, including influenza
High-dose flu vaccine reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents A large, randomized clinical trial tested whether a flu vaccine with four times the antigen of a standard vaccine could reduce the risk of hospitalization among the especially vulnerable seniors. The results, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reports that it did so significantly
More women fall prey to swine flu, report reveals In Pune, India, swine flu has killed more women than men this year, so far. This trend was revealed in the analysis of state`s 313 swine flu casualties recorded between January 1 and July 17
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Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines to the U.S. Market
Seqirus is now shipping its portfolio of over 50 million doses of influenza vaccines to the U.S. market in preparation for the upcoming 2017-2018 influenza season
Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines to the U.S. Market
Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines to the U.S. Market
Pandemic Influenza News
PMC falls short of H1N1 vaccines as swine flu cases spike in Maha
Maharashtra tops the list of most H1N1 deaths reported across India, and there haven’t been enough H1N1 vaccines at any of the 19 PMC-run hospitals for the past two weeks
Cheap private beds to ease public hospital crunch
There will be cheap beds in private hospitals for the first time to ease pressure of overstretched public hospitals during peak flu seasons if current negotiations are successful in Hong Kong
White House developing comprehensive biosecurity strategy: official
The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the USA against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists
Industry News
BiondVax Reports Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results for its Universal Flu Vaccine
BiondVax reported statistically significant positive results from the Phase 2b clinical trial of M-001, its universal flu vaccine candidate. Both primary endpoints - safety and influenza-specific cellular immune response - were achieved
BiondVax Reports Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results for its Universal Flu Vaccine
BiondVax Reports Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results for its Universal Flu Vaccine
BiondVax surges after results of flu vaccine study
Shares of BiondVax surged on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange after the firm said a Phase 2 study clinical trial of an universal flu vaccine candidate it is developing had shown “statistically significant positive results”
Flu vaccine distribution begins
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
Academic studies
SA recombinant vaccine is 30% more effective against the flu than a traditional vaccine
A study carried out on more than 10,000 subjects showed that a recombinant vaccine is 30% more efficient against the flu than a traditional vaccine
Skin Vaccination With Microneedle Patch, Flu Fusion Protein Improves Influenza Vaccine Efficacy
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
New strategy could yield more effective flu shots
Skin vaccination with microneedle patch, influenza fusion protein improves efficacy of flu vaccines
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Pandemic on the Rise
The influenza vaccination and the pneumococcal vaccination have shown to elicit a beneficial response against COPD, however, their effects remain limited
Social and economic burden of patients with influenza-like illness and clinically diagnosed flu treated at various health facilities in Vietnam
Influenza-like illness (ILI) can cause an economic and social burden, especially among children and the elderly. This study was conducted to estimate the cost of illness based on a social perspective of ILI cases
Swine Flu Linked to Parkinson`s Like Brain Changes
Growing evidence suggests that neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s may develop in part due to environmental factors, including influenza
High-dose flu vaccine reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents
A large, randomized clinical trial tested whether a flu vaccine with four times the antigen of a standard vaccine could reduce the risk of hospitalization among the especially vulnerable seniors. The results, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reports that it did so significantly
High-Dose Flu Vax Linked to Less Hospitalization Among Elderly
Vaccine reduces influenza infections, but not influenza-like illnesses
Although vaccination reduced the incidence of influenza virus infections among older adults, it did not reduce the number of influenza-like illnesses, according to researchers in the Netherlands
Pediatric influenza news
What`s behind the low vaccine rate among teens?
More than a third of parents of teens are unaware of when their child`s next vaccine is due and one-half of parents incorrectly assume that their doctor would initiate an appointment when the time came, according to a report from the C.S. Mott Children`s Hospital National Poll on Children`s Health
Government Scope of Infants Eligible for Free Flu Shots Expanded
In South Korea, the scope of infants eligible for free flu shots has been expanded to infants aged between six and 59 months old; last year, the ministry planned to expand the free flu vaccinations but ended up only providing vaccines to infants aged between six and 12 months due to a shortage in vaccines
Over 65’s influenza news
No news recorded
General Influenza News
Veterinary Labs receive emergency toolkits for handling disease outbreaks
Emergency toolkits developed by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, for diagnosis of avian influenza, now sit at the ready in labs across West Africa
75 struck by H1N1 in Vsai, Virar
About 75 cases of H1N1 virus have been recorded in the twin cities of Vasai and Virar in Palghar since June, with 6 deaths, and the local civic body does not have any provisions for treatment
Compulsory vaccines decree gets a green light to go from the Senate
Italian Senate approves decree on compulsory vaccinations before children can enroll at school, text now goes to the House
Vaccini, via libera del Senato al decreto legge: 171 "sì"
Decreto vaccini. Arriva il via libera dal Senato. Il provvedimento passa all`esame della Camera
59 flu cases in a week at Bathurst, but spike no cause for alarm
There has been a spike in the number of influenza cases confirmed at Bathurst Base Hospital, but the Western NSW Local Health District says there is no cause for alarm
National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg gets $5M to expand Ebola containment lab
The federal government is putting millions more into Canada`s National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg to help detect high-risk infectious diseases such as Ebola and various types of avian influenza faster
Rio Grande do Sul records four more influenza deaths making a total of 30 so far, said the health secretary
Most recent victims of the flu in Rio Grande do Sul , Brazil, had not been vaccinated, and were infected with the H3N2 virus
Man dies of swine flu in Chandigarh
A 42-year-old man died of swine flu at PGIMER in Chandigarh, the first casualty of the deadly H1N1 virus there this season
Lakshmanan: Parents have right to know vaccination rates in public schools
Non-medical vaccination exemptions in Texas have been on the rise since 2003, increasing 19-fold to close to 45,000, with small pockets of vaccine resistance where close to 30 percent of children are unvaccinated
More Maine Parents Refusing Vaccines, as Measles, Whooping Cough Cases Increase
A greater percentage of Maine kindergarteners entered school last year without being fully vaccinated, according to new data released
Swine Flu Risk Insignificant Despite Ohio Incident
After two hogs tested positive for swine flu at a county fair, Ohio state officials ordered the immediate quarantine and slaughter of every animal in the barn; Indiana State Board of Animal Health Public Information Director Denise Derrer says that Indiana officials would have had a much more measured response to the situation
Clark County Fair pushes precautions after swine flu found in Ohio
The Clark County Fair Board wants swine exhibitors to take precautions before attending the fair after reports of swine flu in Ohio
Satara man dies of swine flu dengue co-infection
A day after officials confirmed the death of a Pune resident due to swine flu-dengue co-infection, another 40-year-old man succumbed to the viral co-infection
2 die of swine flu; 4 test H1N1 positive in Rajkot
After a seven-year-old girl died of swine flu on Monday, a 55-year-old woman succumbed to the disease on Tuesday and a 62-year-old woman died of H1N1 virus on Wednesday in Rajkot
High flu occurrence recorded in recent weeks
The Health Bureau in Macau (SSM) said that data recorded by several SSM monitoring systems show a recent and significant increase in influenza when compared to the same period of last year
New efforts from health officials to underline the importance that children get 2 doses of flu vaccine for it to be effective in protecting them
Local health agency in Brazil reminds parents to ensure their children receive both doses of the flu vaccine in order for it to be effective
Flu season piles pressure on Northland health services
In New Zealand, the flu is hitting Northland hard, with an increase in the number of people turning up to Whangarei`s emergency department and one person critical in ICU
CHP warns of more active local influenza
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection said that local seasonal influenza activity increased to a very high level in the past week, coupled with ongoing severe influenza cases, high consultation rates in sentinel clinics/doctors and a large number of institutional outbreaks
Saudi Arabia announces vaccination rules for Haj pilgrims
Saudi Arabia has issued the vaccination requirements for pilgrims applying for Haj visas, focusing on Zika, dengue, MERS, yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, polio and vaccination against seasonal influenza
Burden of disease
More women fall prey to swine flu, report reveals
In Pune, India, swine flu has killed more women than men this year, so far. This trend was revealed in the analysis of state`s 313 swine flu casualties recorded between January 1 and July 17
Across 2017 to date, flu has caused the death of 22 people across the federal district
In Brazil, the federal capital, according to data from the Ministry of Health, recorded 22 deaths from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) - a flu complication - and 334 infections this year
Parana has recorded 28 deaths from flu so far
Since the beginning of the year, Paraná in Brazil has recorded 198 cases of influenza, 28 of them fatal. Of the confirmed cases, 89% refer to contamination by the seasonal Influenza A (H3) virus