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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 14th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Data driven disease forecasting cases reviewed by Scientific American - Forecasting Outbreaks—1 Image at a Time Even though the U.S. has a good public health infrastructure to quell epidemics, it is not immune: it is estimated influenza has led to between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths in the nation annually since 2010. Better tracking of infectious diseases can help improve disease prediction and more quickly stop their spread
Stop Treating 70- and 90-Year-Olds the Same U.S. vaccinations guidelines need improvement, especially for older people, as there may come a point toward the end of many lives when vaccination no longer makes sense. Although the CDC recommends that everyone receive an annual flu vaccine, the benefits for the very old and ill are unproven, and for them the shot may produce only pain and inconvenience
Vaccine compensation scheme being considered by government The Irish Health Ministry is examining whether a vaccine compensation programme can be rolled out in Ireland; the Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to put in place a no-fault basis scheme that will respond to the needs of children who suffered serious adverse reactions to vaccines
Alarming surge of swine flu in Nepal Swine flu has claimed the lives of 12 people in Nepal. This outbreak is worrying because it seems to be the same strain of swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009, and a major outbreak in Jarjarkot in 2015. Scientists have claimed to have found at least two new strains very similar to the pdm09, wreaking havoc all around the world
Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected; hospitals have been put on alert however
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Pandemic Influenza News
Avian influenza (H5N1) story
Various strains of avian flu have been active in the past few years, with 859 reported cases of human H5N1 virus infection from 16 countries from 2003 to 2017, H7N9 infecting people in China, H5N8 circulating among birds in many parts of Europe as well as in Kuwait, Egypt and elsewhere, and H5N1 in Bangladesh and India
Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak
The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected; hospitals have been put on alert however
DA: Pampanga bird flu strain may not be transmissible to humans
The bird flu strain that infected hundreds of thousands of fowls in Pampanga, Philippines may not be the strain that transmits to humans, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Saturday; the strain may be A-H5N6, a subtype that supposedly does not infect humans
EDITORIAL: A dire warning
A pandemic occurs, on average, three to four times a century. It’s one of the reasons why public health officials are increasingly adamant each year in urging Canadians to get a flu vaccine shot
DA chief: Bird flu strain in Pampanga cannot be transmitted to humans
The Philippines Agriculture chief said the bird flu strain that has affected poultry in a town in Pampanga cannot be transmitted to humans; it has tested negative for H5N6. He said even Agriculture officials working with quarantine officers exposed to the contaminated chickens were not affected
Pangilinan warns vs fowl profiteers amid bird flu outbreak
Senator Francis Pangilinan warned against profiteering in the wake of an outbreak of bird flu in Pampanga, in the Philippines, as he also pushed for a massive information drive on the H5 avian flu virus
Industry News
Cipla to supply swine flu drug to Gujarat govt based on product license clearance from Goa FDA
Cipla will be supplying 5000 bottles of Oseltamivir syrup to the Gujarat government based on the much awaited product license clearance from Goa FDA to tide over the shortage of swine flu drug
Data driven disease forecasting cases reviewed by Scientific American - Forecasting Outbreaks—1 Image at a Time
Even though the U.S. has a good public health infrastructure to quell epidemics, it is not immune: it is estimated influenza has led to between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths in the nation annually since 2010. Better tracking of infectious diseases can help improve disease prediction and more quickly stop their spread
PCMC set to buy 20,000 Tamiflu pills
The health department of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will purchase 20,000 tablets of Oseltamivir to help fight H1N1 in the area
Germany keeps Tamiflu despite WHO’s downgrade and fluctuation in efficacy
In Germany, the federal government will keep storing Tamiflu as a suitable medicine although WHO has recently downgraded the drug and experts believe it is overrated
Hardly better than nothing
The influenza drug Tamiflu brought billions to the Roche Group, but the benefits are disputed by experts and the WHO
Academic studies
Do Coast researchers hold the key to beating the flu?
As the confirmed number of flu cases almost doubled across the Australian Sunshine Coast, researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Clinical Trials Centre are working with doctors to trial of a new rapid detection device for both Influenza A and Influenza B
Pediatric influenza news
Meijer holding immunization events at all 235 mid-west locations
Meijer pharmacies in Michigan are hosting immunization events at all 235 mid-west locations, giving children the opportunity to receive a flu shot
Live attenuated flu vaccine not effective for children in 2015-16
During the 2015 to 2016 season, influenza vaccines reduced the risk of influenza illness, but the live attenuated vaccine was ineffective among children 2 to 17 years of age, according to a study
Parents face immunization deadline
In Pennsylvania, parents face a strict deadline to make sure students are properly immunized going into this school year; the flu shot is one of the optional vaccines recommended yearly
Govt launching child vaccination campaign
In Australia, the federal government is spending $5.5 million to encourage parents to vaccinate their children; Health Minister Greg Hunt says while more than 93 per cent of five-year-olds are fully vaccinated, immunisation rates in some parts of Australia remain low
Despite California's strict new law, hundreds of schools still don't have enough vaccinated kids
In California, at nearly 750 schools, 90% or fewer kindergartners had been fully vaccinated last year, an analysis found; experts say the rate should be at least 95% to prevent the spread of highly contagious diseases
Vaccine compensation scheme being considered by government
The Irish Health Ministry is examining whether a vaccine compensation programme can be rolled out in Ireland; the Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to put in place a no-fault basis scheme that will respond to the needs of children who suffered serious adverse reactions to vaccines
Immunizations will be available in 42 schools
The School-Located Immunization Program, which has been organized by the Southeast Minnesota Immunization Connection since 2009, began by providing influenza vaccinations at just four schools, and now reaches out to many more
Over 65’s influenza news
Stop Treating 70- and 90-Year-Olds the Same
U.S. vaccinations guidelines need improvement, especially for older people, as there may come a point toward the end of many lives when vaccination no longer makes sense. Although the CDC recommends that everyone receive an annual flu vaccine, the benefits for the very old and ill are unproven, and for them the shot may produce only pain and inconvenience
General Influenza News
People must seek medical attention for current flu bout
In Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health is holding a meeting to discuss the flu outbreak as the virus has become increasingly dangerous over the past couple of years
Anti-vaccination activists criticised for filming rant about Tauranga Hospital
Anti-vaccination campaigners have been slammed for filming an 'inflammatory' interview inside Tauranga Hospital: Polly Tommey, co-producer of Vaxxed, shot the interview with activist Sarah Cox, who accused the New Zealand health care system of nearly putting her son in a coffin
Launch of iMuni App for Vaccine Monitoring and Control
In Panama, a mobile app named iMuni has been launched to monitor vaccination appointments and a record of vaccines for children and adults alike
Queenslanders urged to get flu vaccination
The head of Queensland's medical association has urged people to get vaccinated against the flu as the state endures one of its worst ever seasons, as it could still have 'many weeks to run', even though winter is almost over
Attack on viruses – will the Ukraine have time to prepare for the seasonal outbreak of influenza
The Ukrainian Ministry of Health together with foreign pharmaceutical companies began preparing for the flu season in advance this year; however, all the necessary documents for vaccination providers have not been obtained yet, and there is a risk that Ukraine will not receive the vaccines on time
The benefits of vaccination for adults
Brief summary of the benefits of vaccines including the flu vaccine, particularly recommended for pregnant women, chronic illness sufferers and older people
Farm owner hid bird flu cases, says Pampanga governor
In the Philippines, a poultry raiser in San Luis, Pampanga allegedly kept the deaths of thousands chickens in his farm secret and failed to recognize that it was due to an avian flu outbreak, Governor Lilia Pineda said Sunday
Flu season stoush over pharmacy jabs
The Australian Medical Association’s concern over pharmacy influenza vaccinations is a case of protectionism from the doctors’ advocacy group, according to communications contact for the Pharmacy Guild of WA, Greg Turnbull
Ohio Researcher Studying Flu in Pigs at Fairs
A researcher at Ohio State University is conducting a multi-state study testing for flu among pigs at fairs as swine infected with a virus were confirmed at two recent county fairs in Ohio; the strains of Influenza A detected in the pigs at each of the two fairs differed, one being H3N2 and the other H1N1
Governments are trying to nudge us into better behaviour. Is it working?
In 2011, a study assessed the impact of a ‘nudge’ asking people to privately plan the date and time they would get their flu vaccine: such “planning prompts” increased vaccination rates by 4.2 percent. This compares favourably to traditional interventions, such as paying students $30 to get vaccinated or an educational campaign on the health benefits of vaccination
Don’t Let Vaccinations Make You Sick: The Interactive Process and Vaccination Policies
US health care providers have implemented flu vaccination policies to protect vulnerable patients as well as employees and their families. However, these can create a legal risk for health care providers, particularly when those policies mandate vaccination for employees
Burden of disease
Death toll from H1N1 reaches 23
In Myanmar, until August 11, 204 out of 535 hospital patients were confirmed to have been infected with H1N1 seasonal influenza and the death toll reached 23, according to the Ministry of Health and Sport
Flu bug beginning to retreat in Guangdong
The incidence of flu has remained stable in most parts of South China since the beginning of summer, compared with the previous three years; however, the number of flu cases reported in Guangdong province this year reached nearly 75,000 as of Sunday, a rise of 1.26 percent over the same period last year
Flu cases rise but season yet to peak
In Australia, preventable flu cases have spiked in recent weeks, swamping Northern NSW hospitals; North Coast Public Health director Paul Corben recommended people should get vaccinated as it is not too late
330 mainland tours cancelled amid ‘flu epidemic’ rumours
Rumors have spread on mainland social media that an influenza epidemic is spreading in Hong Kong, with the number of deaths, at over 300, surpassing the fatality rate during the SARS epidemic in 2003, affecting tourism
Alarming surge of swine flu in Nepal
Swine flu has claimed the lives of 12 people in Nepal. This outbreak is worrying because it seems to be the same strain of swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009, and a major outbreak in Jarjarkot in 2015. Scientists have claimed to have found at least two new strains very similar to the pdm09, wreaking havoc all around the world
As swine flu toll mounts, govt warns of more cases in two weeks in Gujarat
With five more deaths from swine flu being reported on Saturday, taking the total toll to over 170, Gujarat Health Minister Shankar Chaudhary said that there could be a jump in the H1N1 cases in the next two weeks
Ohio sees more H3N2v cases linked to pig exposure
In a follow-up on the human infections with novel influenza A viruses found in Ohio, the CDC reported three additional cases in the past week: three young people were infected with influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) viruses
Swine flu toll increases to 19 in Myanmar
The death toll from swine flu in Myanmar has risen to 19 with over dozens still hospitalised due to respiratory problems, state-media reported on Friday
Flu cases and emergency admissions increase
In Australia, Queensland Health figures reveal 363 people with confirmed influenza cases have attended hospitals across the Wide Bay, and doctors are warning flu season is yet to peak
Seven die, 42 test positive for swine flu; health dept rushes to procure Tamiflu
With seven people dying of swine flu and 42 others testing positive for H1N1 virus, the health department has ordered for the procurement of 13,000 more Tamiflu tablets as the threat of the disease looms large on Meerut district in IndiaSeven die, 42 test positive for swine flu; health dept rushes to procure Tamiflu