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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 31st Jul 2017

News Highlights
Health minister orders new H1N1 strain vaccines The rising number of swine flu deaths has prompted the state health minister to order the procurement of the A/Michigan/ 45/2015 vaccine, for the new strain of the virus
H1N1 rises to six, peaks during monsoon period Myanmar has sought the help of the WHO due to the worsening H1N1 influenza outbreak sweeping the country and which has killed six people
Grantees, Reveal Thy Findings: A Push By Funders for Transparency in Medical Research Hidden evidence complicates decision-making by public health bodies: when, after a fight of several years, independent scientists finally got hold of all trial results for Tamiflu, they concluded that its benefits were close to zero, leading critics to contend that public funds had been squandered on an ineffective drug
Children in Italy have to be vaccinated or they can’t go to school: government The Italian government has made it mandatory for children up to age 16 to be vaccinated in order to attend school, in an effort to combat misinformation about vaccines
Fears of mutant flu strain in HK spark concern here In Singapore, the Ministry of Health reported that the cases of acute respiratory infection seen in polyclinics had gone up from about 2,500 daily in the week of July 9 to about 3,300 daily in the week of July 16, which is consistent with trends previously observed
141 schools shut down in Dawei amid H5N1 outbreak A total of 141 schools have been shut down in Dawei, Myanmar, for 5 days due to the H5N1 outbreak in the area, a regional education official said
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Pandemic Influenza News
Health minister orders new H1N1 strain vaccines
The rising number of swine flu deaths has prompted the state health minister to order the procurement of the A/Michigan/ 45/2015 vaccine, for the new strain of the virus
H1N1 rises to six, peaks during monsoon period
Myanmar has sought the help of the WHO due to the worsening H1N1 influenza outbreak sweeping the country and which has killed six people
Swine flu: At PGI, precautions only for docs, not patients
In Chandigarh, the PGI has started vaccinating its doctors and staff to contain the spread of swine flu, but patients visiting outpatient departments continue to be at risk from the virus
Overcrowding in Hong Kong hospitals eases with 1,000 fewer patients daily in past week
Overcrowding at emergency wards in public hospitals in Hong Kong has eased in the past week, but a respiratory expert said it was still too early to reach a conclusion and urged the public to remain vigilant over a new dominant flu virus
Industry News
Roche reports strong performance in the first half of 2017
Sales in the Pharmaceuticals Division at Roche increased 5% to CHF 20.5 billion, but this increase was partially offset by lower sales of Tarceva, Tamiflu and Pegasys
Grantees, Reveal Thy Findings: A Push By Funders for Transparency in Medical Research
Hidden evidence complicates decision-making by public health bodies: when, after a fight of several years, independent scientists finally got hold of all trial results for Tamiflu, they concluded that its benefits were close to zero, leading critics to contend that public funds had been squandered on an ineffective drug
Academic studies
Scientists reel in structure of salmon virus
The structure of a protein key to the survival and spread of a virus that affects salmon could help researchers form strategies to treat the flu in humans
Getting Shots May Soon Be a Thing of the Past as Band-Aid Patch Replaces Flu Vaccine
A team of U.S. researchers have come up with a way to deliver the flu vaccine using a Band-Aid-like sticky patch with 100 microneedles that painlessly dissolve into the skin to release the vaccine
Pediatric influenza news
Italian parliament approves contested vaccine program
In Italy, children under 16 are to be vaccinated before enrolling in nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools
Don’t forget! Saturday is vaccination day
There will be 4,000 vaccination points across Colombia on Saturday where children under 6 years old will be able to be immunised for free in order to bring their vaccinations up to date
Children in Italy have to be vaccinated or they can’t go to school: government
The Italian government has made it mandatory for children up to age 16 to be vaccinated in order to attend school, in an effort to combat misinformation about vaccines
Cuba on Vaccination Campaign Against Seasonal Flu
The vaccination campaign against seasonal flu has begun throughout Cuba, aimed at children under two years of age, pregnant women and people over 75 years old, among other vulnerable groups
Anger as Charlestown community centre The Place screens film linking vaccines with autism
Health authorities and a Lake Macquarie councillor whose son is on the autism spectrum have slammed a decision to screen a film linking vaccines with autism at a Charlestown community centre in Australia
Over 65’s influenza news
Aging gracefully – happiness matters
Advice for aging better includes taking advantage of vaccines, as the flu vaccine will not eliminate your chance of contracting influenza, but it may lessen the severity of the flu
Woman dies of swine flu in Surat, 8 more tested positive
A 70-year-old woman died of swine flu and eight others were tested positive in Surat, India, in the last two days
General Influenza News
Does Tamiflu really work in checking swine flu?
Family members of patients have also contracted swine flu despite being given Tamiflu, but doctors say that it is given to close contacts so as to curtail the growth of the virus further, if it has already entered a body
Deadly swine flu claims more victims as the virus takes on alarming proportions in Delhi
In Delhi, five people have recently died of swine flu and dozens are still fighting the deadly virus, which broke out during the monsoon
23-year-old pregnant woman succumbs to swine flu in Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital
In India, a 23-year-old pregnant woman died due to complications resulting from swine flu at Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital on Saturday
New vaccination rules in place ahead of school year
This spring, the Pennsylvania Department of Health put forth a new rule requiring students be up to date on all vaccinations by day five of the school year
Record high vaccination rates of 7th-graders reported in first year of stricter requirements
Vaccination rates for California 7th-graders reached their highest recorded levels, the California Department of Public Health reported, in another sign that a stricter vaccination law is having an effect in its first year
CDC reports 11 H3N2v flu cases linked to Ohio fair
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11 variant H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza infections in Ohio residents who were exposed to pigs at a fair the week before they got sick
Orange's Cherrywood Grove nursing home restricts visitors after influenza outbreak
In Australia, an influenza outbreak led Cherrywood Grove nursing home to restrict access to visitors on July 21
Four doctors suffering from swine flu, PGIMER takes steps to stop disease spread on campus in Chandigarh
Finding its own doctors suffering from swine flu, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India has started taking measures to prevent the possible spread of the disease on campus
6 more, including PGI employee, test positive for swine flu in Lucknow
In Lucknow, India, a senior employee of the nursing college of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences was among six from the city who tested positive for swine flu on Friday
Dawei child patients not infected with flu
Three children near the poultry farm in Dawei, Myanmar, at the centre of the bird flu outbreak suffered from severe illness but were not infected, according to the regional hospital
One of the swine flu victims died on Thursday
Two fresh cases of swine flu were reported from Ghaziabad, India, taking the total number of confirmed cases to seven in the district
Swine flu death: Medical team from Capital begins inspection in Syangja
A medical team from Kathmandu arrived in Waling for field inspection after a man from Syangja, who was tested positive for the A (H1N1) virus died at the TU Teaching Hospital
Swine flu claims 10 in rural areas since January
The rural areas of the Kolhapur district have been witnessing the spread of swine flu as 10 people have died from the disease so far this month
Local health officials stress child vaccinations as school approaches
The Alabama Department of Public Health reminds all parents to make sure their children are current with their immunizations
Gold Coasters warned to get vaccinated and change diet as influenza season starts to gear up
Peak influenza season has yet to arrive on the Gold Coast of Australia with doctors urging locals there is still time to get their flu vaccines
Burden of disease
Fears of mutant flu strain in HK spark concern here
In Singapore, the Ministry of Health reported that the cases of acute respiratory infection seen in polyclinics had gone up from about 2,500 daily in the week of July 9 to about 3,300 daily in the week of July 16, which is consistent with trends previously observed
141 schools shut down in Dawei amid H5N1 outbreak
A total of 141 schools have been shut down in Dawei, Myanmar, for 5 days due to the H5N1 outbreak in the area, a regional education official said