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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 24th Jul 2017

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Fewer than 10 doctors answer appeal for help from Hong Kong public hospitals struggling against flu surge Fewer than 10 doctors from Hong Kong’s Department of Health have volunteered to work at overcrowded public hospitals on their days off to help battle a surge in summer flu patients, the city’s health minister said, three days after the government appealed for assistance
High dose flu vaccine reduces risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations, study finds In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of a high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly reduced the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalization during flu season
Microbiologists suggest Tamiflu vaccine to contain flu crisis In Hong Kong, two infectious disease experts have called on the government to immediately administer Tamiflu to vulnerable elderly people to control the flu outbreak, saying that the public health care system is "on the verge of collapse" due to the summer flu cases
Swine flu is back in India with a vengeance According to experts at the National Institute of Virology, the sudden upsurge of the swine flu virus is due to an "antigenic drift", a mild alteration in the virus
Patients lacking vaccination spend on average nearly week in hospital Anti-vaxers and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse. People with vaccine-¬preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal
H1N1: BMC stresses on vaccination for high-risk group In Mumbai, the BMC analysed deaths of 22 people due to H1N1 and found that most of them either belonged to the high risk category or suffered from a delay in starting oseltamivir
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Seqirus Begins Shipping Flu Vaccines for 2017/18 Season
Seqirus has begun shipping seasonal flu vaccines for the upcoming 2017/18 flu season including both trivalent and quadrivalent formulations, Fluad for patients aged ≥65 years, as well as Flucelvax Quadrivalent for patients aged ≥4 years
Pandemic Influenza News
Fewer than 10 doctors answer appeal for help from Hong Kong public hospitals struggling against flu surge
Fewer than 10 doctors from Hong Kong’s Department of Health have volunteered to work at overcrowded public hospitals on their days off to help battle a surge in summer flu patients, the city’s health minister said, three days after the government appealed for assistance
One new H7N9 avian flu case reported in China
For the third week in a row, China reported just one H7N9 avian influenza case, a sign that the fifth and biggest wave of infections may be drawing to a close
Microbiologists suggest Tamiflu vaccine to contain flu crisis
In Hong Kong, two infectious disease experts have called on the government to immediately administer Tamiflu to vulnerable elderly people to control the flu outbreak, saying that the public health care system is "on the verge of collapse" due to the summer flu cases
Mutation may be behind surge in flu cases this summer, Hong Kong experts say
The surge in the number of flu cases in Hong Kong could be due to a variation in the dominant strain, which may have rendered vaccines used in the past two years ineffective
Industry News
Students will be offered flu shots, not nasal spray, again this year
The push to get children vaccinated against the flu will soon begin but for the second year in a row the kids will have to endure a shot instead of the painless nasal spray most prefer as FluMist was deemed so ineffective by the CDC that authorities recommended against using it last year
Flu vaccine with four times the antigen reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents: Study
A large clinical trial tested whether a flu vaccine with four times the antigen of a standard vaccine could reduce the risk of hospitalization among vulnerable seniors. The results reports that it did so significantly
High dose flu vaccine reduces risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations, study finds
In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of a high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly reduced the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalization during flu season
Assessing the oseltamivir-induced resistance risk and implications for influenza infection control strategies
A study assessing the potential risk of oseltamivir-induced resistance for influenza A (H1N1) and A (H3N2) viruses found that probabilistic risk assessment of antiviral drug-induced resistance is crucial in the decision-making process for preventing influenza virus infections
Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic
University of Pittsburgh researchers took a look at the shape of the flu genome and found an unexpected arrangement of genetic material that could require some textbook rewrites, and may help model the next pandemic strain
Pediatric influenza news
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Over 65’s influenza news
Quadruple-dose flu vaccine lowers SNF residents` hospitalizations, largest study shows
Vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly decrease the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations of elderly people during flu season
General Influenza News
Saudi Arabia announces vaccination rules for Haj
Saudi Arabia has issued the vaccination requirements for pilgrims applying for Haj visas, with a focus on the Zika virus, dengue, MERS, yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, polio and vaccination against seasonal influenza
Swine flu is back in India with a vengeance
According to experts at the National Institute of Virology, the sudden upsurge of the swine flu virus is due to an "antigenic drift", a mild alteration in the virus
For best protection from flu, wait till October to get shot
To get the best protection from influenza in Carroll County, people should get their flu shot in October. That’s the conclusion of a recent meeting of county public health officials, providers and agencies, after reviewing local trends in seasonal flu infections in recent years
WA chemists seek power to issue more vaccinations to help stop disease spread
WA chemists want the power to administer a broad range of vaccinations to customers, including children, to make jabs more convenient and stop the spread of diseases
Ministry to pay alleged vaccine victim’s parents
In Taiwan, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has to pay NT$2.09 million (US$68,635) in vaccine injury compensation after a young man died of alleged side effects from a flu vaccination, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled
Patients lacking vaccination spend on average nearly week in hospital
Anti-vaxers and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse. People with vaccine-¬preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal
Families urged to comply with the compulsory vaccination campaign
Local Italian health authorities explain how parents can ensure their children comply with the new vaccination rules before the new school term begins in September
2 more test positive for swine flu, 15 patients in hospitals
Swine flu cases in the Noida region of India are steadily on the rise with the number reaching eight as two more persons have been confirmed as infected in GB Nagar
When populism can kill
A look at how unfounded scepticism about vaccines has emerged in recent years as one of the most serious impediments to global progress in public health, and is one of the main reasons why eradicable infectious diseases persist today
This Season’s First Swine Flu Death In Chandigarh
In India, as Chandigarh sees its first death to swine flu, the writer takes a look at the disease and advises that the best way to prevent it is to get a yearly flu vaccination
H1N1: BMC stresses on vaccination for high-risk group
In Mumbai, the BMC analysed deaths of 22 people due to H1N1 and found that most of them either belonged to the high risk category or suffered from a delay in starting oseltamivir
Residents told to get immunised, but vaccines unavailable at private chemist shops
The health department of Noida, India, has advised residents in the high-risk groups to get immunised against swine flu, but ordinary residents depend on private chemists, who don`t keep the vaccine and tell customers that it is usually provided by the hospitals
Can 48 beds from St Teresa’s Hospital and 8,300 extra places to outpatient clinics alleviate the service demand amid summer influenza peak season?
In response to the surge in service demand amid the summer influenza peak season, the spokesperson for the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong announced some collaborative measures with other departments and organisations
Doctors, nurses told to stop being heroes and get flu jab
In New Zealand, just 65 percent of medical staff at District Health Boards have been immunised against influenza this year. Immunisation Advisory Centre clinical director Nikki Turner says the figure is disappointing and should be higher
Are you prepared for flu season?
In Hong Kong, the summer flu season is getting worse and should peak within the next two weeks; people are being advised to take steps to avoid catching the virus
Winter sicknesses keeping health services busy
Flu presentations at Tauranga Hospital, New Zealand, are double what was seen last season
Hunter New England influenza cases double so far in 2017, compared with 2016
Cases of influenza in the Hunter New England region have jumped so far in 2017, compared with the same period last year. Dr Tony Merritt said the jump reflected an earlier start to the flu season this year and more sensitive testing measures
Vaxxed Australia screening location being kept secret until two hours before start
The 2016 film Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe is being publicly screened in Melbourne; the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network also hopes to have a presentation from two of the filmmakers who are expected to join the forum from the US via Skype
Burden of disease
H1N1 returns
So far this year in India, 12,500 people have been infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus, of which 600 have died. Maharashtra alone has registered 284 deaths, which by itself is much more than the total mortality figure of 265 in the country as a result of H1N1 in 2016
Two swine flu cases get health officials into action
A day after two women were found positive for swine flu, the Health Department in Chandigarh, India, established a centralised control room to monitor such cases, coordinating with all private hospitals and asking them to appoint an officer to deal with swine flu and dengue cases
Now, Mahant Indiresh hospital can conduct swine flu test
The samples of patients suspected of infection with swine flu can now be tested at the molecular research laboratory of Mahant Indiresh hospital in India