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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 21st Sep 2017

News Highlights
New type of flu vaccine could save thousands of over-65s A new adjuvanted flu vaccine could prevent more than 1,700 flu deaths in adults aged 65 years and over every year across the UK, according to a study. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant designed to help the body’s immune system to better fight off the flu virus
2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations There are updated recommendations concerning the trivalent formulation of Afluria. After consideration of new data, ACIP now recommends Afluria trivalent for use in persons aged 5 years and older, consistent with FDA-approved labelling
Is the CSL Limited share price about to storm higher? Recommendation to buy CSL stock because “as well as opportunities in hereditary angioedema and haemophilia, I also expect its fledgling Seqirus vaccines business to provide a boost to its earnings in the near future”
Australia’s flu outbreak to last for another 12 weeks The toll from Australia’s flu epidemic is poised to rise, as experts warn that the season has up to 12 weeks to run in some states. The health department is investigating whether it could approve a quadruple-strength flu shot available in the US, while Seqirus is negotiating with the government about getting approval for its vaccine booster, FLUAD
UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza By successfully securing 3.19 billion KRW in research funding over four years, a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds, is expected to accelerate the development of a self-powered tracking device for bird flu outbreak prediction
RCL Foods and Quantum Foods report cases of avian flu outbreaks Poultry producers RCL Foods and Quantum Foods reported cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) in their separate farms in the Western Cape
J&J and HHS Team Up on Flu Vaccine and Drug R&D The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced a public-private partnership with Janssen R&D to drive advanced development of a portfolio of therapeutic products to prevent or treat infections caused by emerging infectious diseases, including influenza viruses with pandemic potential
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu(TM) Vaccine in Older Adults Novavax announced the enrollment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix-M adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults
Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination Prior season influenza vaccination did not decrease the effectiveness of the current season vaccination, according to a recent study published in BMC Medicine
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New type of flu vaccine could save thousands of over-65s
A new adjuvanted flu vaccine could prevent more than 1,700 flu deaths in adults aged 65 years and over every year across the UK, according to a study. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant designed to help the body’s immune system to better fight off the flu virus
2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations
There are updated recommendations concerning the trivalent formulation of Afluria. After consideration of new data, ACIP now recommends Afluria trivalent for use in persons aged 5 years and older, consistent with FDA-approved labelling
Is the CSL Limited share price about to storm higher?
Recommendation to buy CSL stock because “as well as opportunities in hereditary angioedema and haemophilia, I also expect its fledgling Seqirus vaccines business to provide a boost to its earnings in the near future”
Australia’s flu outbreak to last for another 12 weeks
The toll from Australia’s flu epidemic is poised to rise, as experts warn that the season has up to 12 weeks to run in some states. The health department is investigating whether it could approve a quadruple-strength flu shot available in the US, while Seqirus is negotiating with the government about getting approval for its vaccine booster, FLUAD
Pandemic Influenza News
RCL Foods and Quantum Foods report cases of avian flu outbreaks
Poultry producers RCL Foods and Quantum Foods reported cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) in their separate farms in the Western Cape
UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza
By successfully securing 3.19 billion KRW in research funding over four years, a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds, is expected to accelerate the development of a self-powered tracking device for bird flu outbreak prediction
U.S. experts share avian influenza best practice with African governments
US avian influenza experts met high-level officials from eight African countries in Pretoria this week, to share best practice in the prevention and control of an avian influenza outbreak
Industry News
No FluMist vaccines again this flu season
Columbia Public Health and Human Services will not be offering nasal sprays as a part of their flu vaccine lineup this flu season; in a study from the CDC, FluMist was found to be almost useless in preventing the flu in the time it has been used
In Estonia, the Health board decides children can be vaccinated against flu, but not yet with the new vaccine Vaxigrip Tetral
In Estonia, the Health board decides children can be vaccinated against flu but not yet with the new vaccine Vaxigrip Tetral
Altimmune to start Phase 2 study of intranasal flu vaccine
Altimmune was cleared by the FDA to start a Phase 2 clinical study of their intranasal flu vaccine. Altimmune says the vaccine, NasoVAX, has the potential to stimulate a broader and quicker immune response than approved flu vaccines
NanoFlu Gives Novavax Room To Manoeuvre
Since taking a starring role in Novavax’s Q2 earnings report, NanoFlu has come to the fore of some analysts’ attention. Novavax has announced the official commencement of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial; results will be released by the end of 2017. While still highly preliminary, positive results would elevate share price immediately, open partnership opportunities, and even raise the possibility of a buyout
J&J and HHS Team Up on Flu Vaccine and Drug R&D
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced a public-private partnership with Janssen R&D to drive advanced development of a portfolio of therapeutic products to prevent or treat infections caused by emerging infectious diseases, including influenza viruses with pandemic potential
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu(TM) Vaccine in Older Adults
Novavax announced the enrollment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix-M adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults
Academic studies
CDC Breaks Down Recent Study Linking Flu Vaccine, Miscarriage
Although evidence indicates that influenza vaccination is safe during pregnancy, data are limited for women in their first trimester, prompting a recent study that examined the incidence of miscarriage in women who received the vaccine. AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow John Merrill-Steskal, M.D. explained the limitations of the study and the lack of demonstration of a cause-and-effect relationship
Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination
Prior season influenza vaccination did not decrease the effectiveness of the current season vaccination, according to a recent study published in BMC Medicine
Pediatric influenza news
Free flu shots for children would save lives and money
Flu vaccinations save lives and money. It is in the public interest that they be provided free to children throughout the nation, perhaps even compulsorily. In an average year, influenza is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, killing about 3000 people, more than twice the road toll. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. This year a particularly virulent strain has tragically doubled, and even trebled in some areas, those affected by the illness.
Top doctor warns pregnant women over deadly flu
Australia’s top doctor has warned pregnant women are at greater risk of deadly influenza as a Victorian woman fights for her life after catching the flu while pregnant. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said pregnant women needed to ensure they had the latest flue immunisation, which would also protect their baby
Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation
Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool. Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption
Flu outbreak: Families urge giving kids the gift of the jab
Families of children badly affected by the flu in Australia are calling for parents to ensure their own children are immunised against the virus
Nasal spray flu vaccine programme for children in Wales to be expanded
Medical experts including those from Public Health Wales have contributed to a report showing that nasal spray flu vaccine reduced the risk of vaccinated children getting flu by 65.8% in the 2016/17 season
Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Patients told by GP practice that flu vaccines from pharmacists are 'less safe'
Tensions between pharmacists and GPs have risen after claims that one GP practice in the Midlands sent a text to patients saying that vaccines offered by community pharmacists were ‘less safe’ than those offered at local surgeries
Anti-flu campaign in Holguin hitting targets
In Holguin, Cuba, the flu vaccination campaign aimed at at-risk groups is a success but must carry on until the end of September to reach as many people as possible
KT Proposes Preventing Spread of Epidemics by Using Big Data to UN
"Telecommunication companies’ assets such as connectivity and big data have great force that can solve common problems such as infectious diseases," said KT Chairman Hwang Chang-kyu. The UN begins to move in response to KT‘s proposal to prevent the spread of the world's infectious diseases by using telecom big data skills
7 people contract swine flu strain from infected pigs at Charles Co. fair
Maryland authorities are investigating five cases of swine flu in pigs that were recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair, which has led to a quarantine of all pigs at the fairgrounds and the cancellation of swine exhibits at two upcoming fairs in neighboring counties
Why flu vaccines so often fail
The most commonly used flu shots protect no more than 60% of people who receive them; some years, effectiveness plunges to as low as 10%. The vaccine may falter even when the right strains were used to make it, perhaps because of how it is produced or quirks of individual immune systems
Should all Australians get free flu vaccines?
Stakeholders are calling for the flu vaccination to be made available without cost to all Australians, including children; Bastian Seidel, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president, said that if the Government subsidised such a free vaccination program, the $250 million spent would significantly offset the cost of death and illness from the disease
Doctors weigh in on flu shot debate
To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot...that is the question. It's a medical debate that has been going on for years, and while the CDC recommends that nearly everyone gets vaccinated, some doctors in Connecticut don't necessarily agree
Burden of disease
Flu season more 'severe this year'
Australia's chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated. Professor Brendan Murphy said this season's vaccine, selected by the World Health Organisation, gave 'moderate to good' coverage of the viruses, but it had not been as effective as previous years. The reasons for that are still unclear
Non-effective vaccine, blase attitude blamed for Australia's killer flu season
Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu epidemic in recent memory, and while some politicians have blamed the vaccine for not being fully effective, Australia's blase attitude to the flu has also contributed to the more than 160,000 cases, according to medical professionals
Flu Arrives Early in Maine
The flu has arrived earlier than usual in Maine this season, prompting health officials to ramp up their annual push for vaccination against the illness. Multiple hospitals in the state have reported positive lab tests for influenza