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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 27th Jul 2017

News Highlights
Core flu vaccination recommendations carry over for 2017-’18 Core requirements for influenza immunization will remain the same for the 2017-’18 flu season, under a recommendation approved by a CDC committee; Afluria (IIV3) now is indicated for people 5 years and older
Flu outbreak hits HK, 205 adults and 3 kids dead Hong Kong public hospitals are struggling with a long flu outbreak that has killed more than 200 people since May
New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren`t Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target Vaccine progress is stalling, not enough children are being immunised. That`s the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF
Got the Flu? Stay Home! Researchers from the CDC examined U.S. health care personnel uptake of influenza vaccine, and their propensity to report to work while experiencing flulike symptoms. Their results indicate that more than 40% of health care providers who develop flulike illnesses continue to report to work
No antivirals for flu until further notice, Department of Health says In the UK, the Department of Health has announced that antiviral drugs should no longer be prescribed or dispensed for the treatment of influenza until further notice, as circulation of flu in the community has now returned to baseline levels
165 swine flu deaths in Maharashtra till April: Health minister In India, Maharashtra reported 844 cases of swine flu between January and April this year. Of these cases, 165 patients died
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Core flu vaccination recommendations carry over for 2017-’18
Core requirements for influenza immunization will remain the same for the 2017-’18 flu season, under a recommendation approved by a CDC committee; Afluria (IIV3) now is indicated for people 5 years and older
Pandemic Influenza News
Health Ministry of New Zealand using social media and unconventional data to track infectious disease outbreaks
The Health Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Jonathan Coleman revealed that a new project is seeking to establish if tracking trends on social media and unconventional data can help predict outbreaks and further improve our responses to epidemics
Flu outbreak hits HK, 205 adults and 3 kids dead
Hong Kong public hospitals are struggling with a long flu outbreak that has killed more than 200 people since May
Myanmar calls for calm after three die of swine flu
The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza in Myanmar is no cause for alarm, authorities said in a statement released after three people lost their lives to the virus and a further 13 were confirmed to have contracted it
3 cases of swine flu confirmed in Swaziland
In Swaziland, the ministry of health has confirmed three cases of Influenza A H1N1, also known as swine flu
Industry News
Sanofi Pasteur appoints new GM for Korea office
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business unit of Sanofi, said it had appointed Baptiste de Clarens as the new general manager of its South Korean office
GSK Pharma’s profit plunges 63.4% to Rs26.42 crore in June quarter
GlaxoSmithKline’s sales in the quarter ending in June fell 14.4% to Rs586.79 crore from a year ago, but it plans to introduce more vaccines over the next few years
New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren`t Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target
Vaccine progress is stalling, not enough children are being immunised. That`s the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF
Vaccines - what is it about them that worries you?
Vaccines are a sensitive topic and there are a series of reasons why French people have become suspicious of them, leading to the government making 11 vaccines compulsory
Academic studies
Flu vaccines that are faster, cheaper and more accurate
Duke researchers have devised a way to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during production, generating a perfect match to the target vaccine in a shorter time frame
Got the Flu? Stay Home!
Researchers from the CDC examined U.S. health care personnel uptake of influenza vaccine, and their propensity to report to work while experiencing flulike symptoms. Their results indicate that more than 40% of health care providers who develop flulike illnesses continue to report to work
Pediatric influenza news
Officials remind parents to vaccinate kids before school starts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several diseases that are preventable with childhood vaccine, including the flu, and parents are reminded to immunise their children before school starts
New immunization requirements for Kentucky school children
New standards passed by Kentucky require all children attending educational facilities to have a current immunization certificate on file; flu shots are not compulsory but recommended
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General Influenza News
Swine flu on the rise: Delhi sees over 300 cases since January
As many as 320 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported from Delhi as per the data provided by the Delhi government on Tuesday. Standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu
Two more swine flu cases in Lucknow, total 25 persons affected since January
For the second consecutive day, two positive cases of swine flu were reported in Lucknow, India, on Tuesday
Warning issued over outbreak of swine flu in Myanmar
UK travellers to Myanmar (Burma) should contact their doctor before travelling following an outbreak of deadly swine flu
Gold Coast school `tricked` into allowing anti-vaccination film screening
A Gold Coast principal was hoodwinked into hiring out his school hall for a screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says
Blame Money, Not Anti-Vaxxers, For America’s Too-Low Child Vaccination Rates
Despite the known success of vaccines in reducing morbidity and mortality, immunization rates remain relatively low across the U.S., as a result of a misaligned financial incentive structure for vaccination providers transferred to parents
Doctors fight swine flu without vaccine armour
In India, even though three PGI doctors have contracted swine flu (H1N1 virus) recently, most doctors still shy away from taking the preventive vaccine
Free flu vaccination offered for ‘high risk’ group
In Thailand, people who have a higher risk of catching the flu can get free vaccinations from state hospitals from now until August 31
Swine Flu Cases Soar Again: Spot the Symptoms Early and Bolster Up Your Diet
Swine flu is on the rise again in India: official figures say nearly 600 people have succumbed to the disease this year (almost half of them in the state of Maharashtra) and people need to look out for symptoms
Swine flu alert: Mumbai schools tell students to stay at home if they have fever or cold
Taking note of the rise in cases of swine flu, Mumbai schools asked parents not to send children to school if they have a fever or a cold
Swine flu claims 10-yr-old in Thane
The pandemic-like swine flu situation has claimed yet another life in the lake city of Thane, India: a 10-year-old who tested positive on Saturday for the deadly fever passed away on Monday
No antivirals for flu until further notice, Department of Health says
In the UK, the Department of Health has announced that antiviral drugs should no longer be prescribed or dispensed for the treatment of influenza until further notice, as circulation of flu in the community has now returned to baseline levels
Two more people die from H1N1 influenza
In Myanmar, health officials confirmed two more people have died from H1N1 influenza, bringing to three the total number of people killed in a new outbreak of the deadly virus
HB hospital still overloaded with respiratory admissions
In New Zealand, Hawke`s Bay Hospital is busy with increased admissions of people with respiratory illnesses, and is expecting another surge in coming weeks; and people are advised they can still get flu shots
H1N1: Dakshina Kannada district sees a decline in cases, Udupi sees a spurt in July month
In India, the incidences of H1N1 cases in Dakshina Kannada district are on the decline. The district had recorded its first H1N1 death this year in July
Dubbo residents encouraged to get flu vaccinations
In Australia, flu is raging in parts of NSW but not yet Dubbo. Dubbo Hospital’s director of emergency medicine is advising residents to be vaccinated against the flu, if they have not already contracted it
Burden of disease
165 swine flu deaths in Maharashtra till April: Health minister
In India, Maharashtra reported 844 cases of swine flu between January and April this year. Of these cases, 165 patients died
Dawei Poultry Ban After Suspected Bird Flu Outbreak
In Myanmar, the sale of poultry products from farms and markets in Tanintharyi Region’s Dawei Township has halted amid a suspected outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu in the area