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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 2nd Aug 2017

News Highlights
Thai border hospital runs out of flu vaccine after Myanmar scare An influx of Myanmar citizens seeking flu shots from the Nakornmaesot International Hospital in Mae Sot, Thailand, has exhausted the hospital’s supply of H1N1 vaccinations
FluGen, Startup Developing Universal Flu Vaccine, Raises $5.5M FluGen, an early-stage company developing vaccine candidates designed to protect against multiple types of influenza, has raised $5.5 million in debt financing
VXV: Positive Results From Phase 2b Trial of M-001; Ready to Move Into Pivotal P3 Trial as Standalone Universal Influenza Vaccine BiondVax has had a number of significant positive developments in the past few months that has resulted in the company now considering moving M-001 directly into a pivotal Phase 3 trial as a standalone influenza vaccine
Two Innovative Methods Could Help to Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage; the findings were presented at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego
Anti-vaccine campaigners assault doctor and MPs in Italy MPs and doctors in Italy have been the victims of violent protests against a law that will see parents fined if they fail to vaccine their children
Myanmar faces two influenza attacks in rainy season Myanmar is facing two influenza attacks, A/H1N1-2009 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu), with the former claiming the lives of 10 people and the latter leaving 5,000 chickens culled
Vaccination best way to deal with flu Flu season has started in Australia and more than 10,000 Queenslanders have already been affected by the illness, prompting authorities to urge people to have vaccinations
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Pandemic Influenza News
Myanmar faces two influenza attacks in rainy season
Myanmar is facing two influenza attacks, A/H1N1-2009 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu), with the former claiming the lives of 10 people and the latter leaving 5,000 chickens culled
Alert: there has been an increase of 25% in the number of flu cases in Colombia this year
According to data from PAHO, Colombia has seen an increase of 25% in flu cases compared to the same period last year
UN: Urgent Action Needed to Contain Avian Flu in Southern Africa
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has called an emergency meeting in South Africa of all countries in the Southern Africa Development Community following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza
3 deaths due to swine flu take toll in capital to 7
New Delhi - Three patients have died due to swine flu at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the past month; enough medicine is available to treat patients as well as isolation wards
Record rates of flu cases inundate NSW emergency departments and nursing homes
In Australia, NSW is in the midst of its worst flu season on record after more than 8000 influenza cases were confirmed in the past week alone
Vaccination best way to deal with flu
Flu season has started in Australia and more than 10,000 Queenslanders have already been affected by the illness, prompting authorities to urge people to have vaccinations
Health security is as important to America’s future as border security
Additional research funding for the NIH and product development funding for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority could help develop more effective and universal flu vaccines as well as cutting edge research to better identify these new strains before they cause pandemics
Industry News
FluGen, Startup Developing Universal Flu Vaccine, Raises $5.5M
FluGen, an early-stage company developing vaccine candidates designed to protect against multiple types of influenza, has raised $5.5 million in debt financing
H1N1: Pregnant women, elderly, children told to be cautious
While asking people to get symptomatic treatment for H1N1 just like other viral fevers, district health officials said that Tamiflu and supporting medicines should be immediately given if the infection is seen in children below five years of age, the elderly and pregnant women
Long-delayed flu vaccine factory nears production
The first manufacturing centre producing flu vaccines in Thailand will be opened within the next three years in line with the national strategy to tackle flu outbreaks
How to code for influenza vaccine in the 2017-’18 season
Advice for professionals on the proper coding for administering flu vaccines this season, and a reminder that FluMist is not recommended
VXV: Positive Results From Phase 2b Trial of M-001; Ready to Move Into Pivotal P3 Trial as Standalone Universal Influenza Vaccine
BiondVax has had a number of significant positive developments in the past few months that has resulted in the company now considering moving M-001 directly into a pivotal Phase 3 trial as a standalone influenza vaccine
Academic studies
This Vaccine Is Crucial For Pregnant Women & Their Babies, Despite Junk Science Claims
Despite claims the flu shot is dangerous for an expectant mother and her baby, new research has proven again that it’s actually beneficial for both of them that the mother receives a flu shot while pregnant
Biomedical researcher wins $1.9 million federal grant to develop enhanced influenza vaccines
Dr. Sang-Moo Kang, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has renewed a four-year, $1.9 million federal grant to develop influenza vaccines that offer enhanced protection against a broad range of influenza virus strains
Two Innovative Methods Could Help to Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage; the findings were presented at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego
Diagnosis of Swine flu — Private testing and Government testing
A quick evaluation of swine flu testing at private hospitals and government hospitals in India in view of the spread of the disease throughout the country
Vaccination against the flu: a patch in place of an injection
A study showed that traditional flu shots could be replaced with an easy, painless patch, that doesn’t need to be stored in a fridge and can be discarded safely
Pediatric influenza news
Romanian parents could pay high fines for refusing vaccination
In Romania, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children after being informed of the risks this entails could be fined up to RON 10,000 (EUR 2,200), according to the Vaccination Law draft
Babies to be offered new ‘six in one’ vaccination
The “five in one” vaccine offered to babies is to be replaced with a “six in one” immunisation for babies born from today to include immunity against hepatitis B
MR vaccination drive to cover 10.75 lakh children
With a view to eliminating measles and controlling of congenital rubella syndrome by 2020, a month-long ‘measles and rubella vaccination’ campaign will be launched in Visakhapatnam, India
Swine flu spreads tentacles, takes one year old in its grip
A suspected swine flu patient who was admitted in Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital in Kanpur, India, turned out to be positive on Monday; he is one year old
Over 65’s influenza news
Flu outbreaks on rise in NSW aged care facilities; state sees worst seven months of influenza
In Australia, there has been a spike in flu outbreaks in NSW nursing homes and health authorities are warning visitors who are sick to steer clear
Hong Kong government embarks to provide PCV13 to eligible elderly persons in October
In Hong-Kong, the Hospital Authority will continue take part in the Government Vaccination Programme to provide seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination to eligible persons in public hospitals and outpatient clinics
General Influenza News
Amid swine flu outbreak, residents urge govt to appoint a doctor for Khawzar Hospital
As a deadly swine flu outbreak continues to spread in Myanmar, Mon State residents are urging the government to appoint a doctor to diagnose cases at Khawzar Administrative Unit Hospital
Death Toll From H1N1 Influenza Rises to 12 in Myanmar
A dozen people have died and 62 others have been confirmed as infected with the latest H1N1 swine flu outbreak to hit Myanmar, a senior government health ministry official said
H1N1 has not yet been found in Mon State, Health Department says
The H1N1 virus, which has been causing infections throughout Myanmar for several weeks, has not yet been detected in Mon State, according to the head of the state’s Public Health Department
Five test positive for H1N1 in last 48 hours in Bhubaneswar
Five cases of H1N1 were detected in Bhubaneswar in India in the last 48 hours even before the Health and Family Welfare Department could put in place measures to check outbreak of the seasonal flu
Pune in grip of swine flu; 80 dead since Jan
People's health in Pune, India, is showing alarming trends with two more people succumbing to swine flu, taking the toll to 80 since January this year
Peak flu season likely to end mid-August: CDC
In Taiwan, the number of influenza cases has been dropping and the peak season is expected to end by the middle of August, the Centers for Disease Control said
Seasonal influenza activity remains at a very high level in Hong Kong
The situation of seasonal influenza in Hong Kong has seemingly improved as the Accident and Emergency attendance dropped over the past week, compared to the previous two weeks
Ministry offers free vaccines for Abu Dhabi residents and citizens attending Hajj
A health campaign launched by the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention will provide medical counselling and optional seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccines for pilgrims
August Means Back-to-School, Time to Check Up on Immunizations
During August—which is National Immunization Awareness Month—family physicians are reminding parents that vaccines keep children healthy
August Is National Immunization Awareness Month
As the Southern Nevada Health District gears up for Back-to-School and the related rush in its immunization clinics, it encourages parents, caregivers, and people of all ages to make sure they’re up to date on the vaccines recommended for them
Anti-vaccine campaigners assault doctor and MPs in Italy
MPs and doctors in Italy have been the victims of violent protests against a law that will see parents fined if they fail to vaccine their children
200 cases of H1N1 reported in Dakshina Kannada in 2017
In Mangaluru, India, the district health and family welfare officer said around 200 cases of H1N1 flu were reported in Dakshina Kannada this year, of which two persons died
Health alert: Four swine flu deaths in Delhi in July, 241 cases in national capital region
Four swine flu related deaths were reported from two government hospitals in Delhi in the month of July
ANU mistakenly hosts American anti-vaccination film screening on campus
A prominent lecture theatre in Australian National University's science department played host to a screening of a controversial American anti-vaccination film on Monday night
There Actually Are Some Instances When You Shouldn’t Get a Vaccination
While vaccinations are the rule, and exceptions are rare, there actually are some instances when you shouldn’t get a vaccination, or it should be delayed
Vaccines – the regional government tries to help families deal with new rules
In Piedmont, Italy, the regional government is monitoring the implementation of the vaccines decree, in particular trying to help families comply with the new rules
France to Make Vaccinations For 11 Diseases Mandatory Starting in 2018
Officials in France recently announced that beginning in 2018, it will be mandatory for parents to vaccinate their children against 11 common illnesses
Health Department promotes vaccination for upcoming school year
Parents are advised to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up-to-date and to get information from healthcare professionals if they have questions on the matter
Refusing Vaccines Isn't Just Dumb, It's Also Privileged
The writer explains why she now understands the importance of vaccinating children on schedule and how she was once told by a midwife a flu shot would poison her baby and give her the flu
Seasonal Flu Shots Now Available at Rite Aid
Rite Aid announced the availability of seasonal flu shots at its pharmacies across the U.S. Patients can visit any of these to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing pharmacist
Chandigarh cop dies of swine flu, toll rises to three
Another person has died of swine flu in Chandigarh, India, taking the death toll in the city to three
UP crosses last year's swine flu figure, early in season
A total of 129 cases and seven deaths due to swine flu have already been reported in the state of Uttar Pradesh between January to July, up from last year's figure during the same period
Sixth swine flu death in city, 30th this year
A sixth person has died of swine flu in Ahmedabad, India, in July; so far 30 people have died of the virus this year in the city
Myanmar swine flu toll reaches 12
The death toll from swine flu in Myanmar has risen to 12 with over 200 persons still hospitalised due to respiratory problems, state-media reported
More Myanmar citizens get vaccination against H1N1 virus in Thailand
Due to the recurrence of H1N1, more Myanmar citizens are going to Thailand to get vaccinated at the International Hospital in Mae Sot, causing a medicine shortage there
Burden of disease
Shrines, shops demolished after Nat festival postponed
In Myanmar, shrines and shops are being destroyed after the government postponed the Taungbyone Nat (spirits) festival until the spread of H1N1 seasonal influenza is under control
Thai border hospital runs out of flu vaccine after Myanmar scare
An influx of Myanmar citizens seeking flu shots from the Nakornmaesot International Hospital in Mae Sot, Thailand, has exhausted the hospital’s supply of H1N1 vaccinations
Flu cases in Queensland triple within weeks but worst is yet to come
Queensland, Australia, looks set to endure another horrific flu season, with the number of recorded cases tripling over the past few weeks