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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 28th Jul 2017

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Report: More than 220,000 children in Romania are not vaccinated A total of 224,202 children aged between 9 months and 9 years old are behind with their vaccines, according to a report by the Romanian Health Ministry concerning the national vaccination program
Subra: Government studying `No Jab, No Play` policy In Malaysia, the Government is studying the "No Jab, No Play" vaccination policy where unvaccinated children would not be allowed to attend kindergarten or pre-school
Romania to pass vaccination law to deal with immunization gaps Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said
Myanmar Asks WHO to Help Fight H1N1 Virus influenza killed six out of 20 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports
Study: flu vaccine effectiveness in seniors declines as frailty rises Trivalent flu vaccine afforded good protection against influenza in healthy older adults, but the benefit diminished in those who were frailer, Canadian researchers reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases
Pandemic bonds, a new idea The World Bank says the probability of another pandemic in the next 10 to 15 years is high, and it has issued $425m in pandemic bonds to support its new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, which is intended to channel funding to countries facing a deadly disease (including new influenza viruses)
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Romania to pass vaccination law to deal with immunization gaps
Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said
OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar Poultry Farm
The Chief Veterinary Officer Director General at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Myanmar has reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the Tanintharyi region
Swine flu toll hits 338 this year
The number of swine flu deaths across Maharashtra has reached 338 this year, setting alarm bells ringing. Public Health Department Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has reviewed the action plan to combat the scourge
Report: More than 220,000 children in Romania are not vaccinated
A total of 224,202 children aged between 9 months and 9 years old are behind with their vaccines, according to a report by the Romanian Health Ministry concerning the national vaccination program
Industry News
Roche Receives ClLIA Waiver for Cobas Influenza A/B & RSV Test for the Cobas Liat
The first CLIA-waived, real-time PCR test that differentiates flu and RSV in 20 minutes is available now for use in physician offices and urgent care settings
GSK to cut drug development projects to focus on `winners`
GlaxoSmithKline’s new chief executive, Emma Walmsley, has laid out plans to cut nearly one in seven of the pharma group’s clinical drug development programmes as part of a shakeup of the business
Just a handful of anti-vaxxers could really cost us, study finds
Even a few anti-vaxxers could cost the US millions of dollars, and hundreds of children’s lives. New research has revealed even a 5 percent decline in childhood measles vaccination levels could have detrimental effects on public health and the economy
Academic studies
Study: flu vaccine effectiveness in seniors declines as frailty rises
Trivalent flu vaccine afforded good protection against influenza in healthy older adults, but the benefit diminished in those who were frailer, Canadian researchers reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases
Isolated influenza mutations may help predict future global flu trends
As technologies continue to improve, it’s becoming easier to look deep inside flu infection; researchers are sequencing more and more strains in ways that let us catch mutations as they first arise within individual people
Experimental "micro-needle" patch could take sting out of flu shots
A microscopic needle patch, developed at Georgia Tech was tested last year in a phase I clinical trial: researchers found the patch worked just as well as the injectable form of the flu vaccine
Kallikrein-Related Peptidase 5 Contributes to H3N2 Influenza Virus Infection in Human Lungs
Hemagglutinin (HA) of influenza virus must be activated by proteolysis before the virus can become infectious. This study focuses on human KLK1 and KLK5, 2 of the 15 serine proteases known as the kallikrein-related peptidases (KLKs)
Pediatric influenza news
Number of anti-vaxxer parents creeping up, say Subra
The number of children denied vaccinations by their parents is creeping up, with 1,603 cases recorded last year compared with only 1,511 the year before, the Malaysian Health Minister said
Experts warn against alternate vaccination schedules
Numerous organizations have spoken out against alternative vaccine schedules, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a series of statements on vaccine hesitancy that specifically address the dangers of such schedules
Where are all the health workers – queues to get vaccination before the bell for the new school year
As Italian children now legally need to be vaccinated before they can enrol in school, the waiting lists lengthen and not enough medical staff is available to cope with the demand
Subra: Government studying `No Jab, No Play` policy
In Malaysia, the Government is studying the "No Jab, No Play" vaccination policy where unvaccinated children would not be allowed to attend kindergarten or pre-school
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General Influenza News
Myanmar Asks WHO to Help Fight H1N1 Virus
influenza killed six out of 20 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports
Authorities in Myanmar’s Dawei Shut Schools Amid ‘Bird Flu’ Outbreak
Authorities in Dawei in southeastern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region have ordered all schools be closed for five days and more than 20,000 chickens be culled amid an outbreak of avian influenza
Myanmar reports sixth deaths from fresh H1N1 outbreak
Six people have died in Myanmar amid a fresh outbreak of H1N1 influenza largely hitting the Southeast Asian country’s biggest city, Yangon
5 medical misconceptions, explained
Dr. Neha Sharma writes about medical misconceptions and reminds patients that vaccines save lives, including flu shots as flu infections can be fatal
One more falls prey to swine flu in Lucknow
In Lucknow, India, one more swine flu positive case was confirmed on Wednesday, taking the city`s tally to 26 since January; her family has been given Tamiflu
Special panel to review all swine flu deaths
In Mumbai, the state government has decided to set up a special death committee to review each death that reportedly occurs due to H1N1, especially in private hospitals, following complaints of improper treatment there
How physicians can utilize National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and offers physicians a reminder to educate patients about the importance of vaccines
Two more die of Swine Flu, toll touches 8
In India, two people succumbed to the H1N1 influenza in the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun on Thursday. With the two deaths, the total count has gone up to eight
Delhi in better situation than other states in dealing with swine flu
There have been two deaths from H1N1 in Delhi. "In Delhi, the situation is normal. Delhi has sufficient stock of medicines for more than two months to deal with swine flu", a senior government official said
South Korea to Downgrade Bird Flu Alert From Highest Level
South Korea will on Friday (28/07) downgrade its bird flu alert by one notch from the highest level, the government said
Burden of disease
Adults need vaccinations, too
Fewer than half of Americans receive the flu vaccine each year. As a result, between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans get the flu annually, meaning, annually, between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths, more than $10 billion in direct medical expenses and more than $87 billion in total costs
Pandemic bonds, a new idea
The World Bank says the probability of another pandemic in the next 10 to 15 years is high, and it has issued $425m in pandemic bonds to support its new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, which is intended to channel funding to countries facing a deadly disease (including new influenza viruses)