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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 18th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Are CSL Limited shares a buy after yesterday’s profit result? Despite the fact CSL posted a 24% increase in underlying net profit on a constant currency basis to US$1,337 million, investors appeared to be disappointed with its FY 2018 guidance; the writer however recommends buying the stock
Seqirus facility delivers four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in two years Seqirus recently announced that its cell-based manufacturing technology at its facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina has delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in just a period of two years
Philippines' first avian flu outbreak and its effects on poultry farming Some 37,000 birds have died from avian influenza subtype H5 in what has been declared as the first bird flu outbreak in the Philippines, but it is not yet clear which H5 subtype infected the birds
Coming of age, Israel biotech sector gets ready for market BiondVax is expected to annually produce tens of millions of doses of its flagship M-001 universal flu vaccine candidate, either in single-dose syringe or in bulk, at a facility in the Jerusalem BioPark
Drug makers say egg-based vaccines are safe from contamination Korean drug makers ruled out the possibility that they had used tainted eggs in their flu vaccines amid growing health concerns after the government found some eggs contaminated with a harmful pesticide
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Are CSL Limited shares a buy after yesterday’s profit result?
Despite the fact CSL posted a 24% increase in underlying net profit on a constant currency basis to US$1,337 million, investors appeared to be disappointed with its FY 2018 guidance; the writer however recommends buying the stock
Seqirus facility delivers four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in two years
Seqirus recently announced that its cell-based manufacturing technology at its facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina has delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in just a period of two years
CSL Behring receives the green light for new site in Lengnau
Grencher Tagblatt reports on CSL Ltd results, reflects on the role of the head of the Lengnau Project, Susanne Jecklin, and records the approval of the company expansion plans at its Swiss Lengnau site
Pandemic Influenza News
Philippines' first avian flu outbreak and its effects on poultry farming
Some 37,000 birds have died from avian influenza subtype H5 in what has been declared as the first bird flu outbreak in the Philippines, but it is not yet clear which H5 subtype infected the birds
Suspected bird flu cases reported in 2 Nueva Ecija towns
The Bureau of Animal Industry in the Philippines is verifying reports of a new avian flu outbreak – this time in Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
Industry News
Doctor in hot water over expired flu jabs
At least 20 people were given expired flu vaccines by a doctor in To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong, who last night apologized for being careless in not checking the vaccine's expiry date
Coming of age, Israel biotech sector gets ready for market
BiondVax is expected to annually produce tens of millions of doses of its flagship M-001 universal flu vaccine candidate, either in single-dose syringe or in bulk, at a facility in the Jerusalem BioPark
Drug makers say egg-based vaccines are safe from contamination
Korean drug makers ruled out the possibility that they had used tainted eggs in their flu vaccines amid growing health concerns after the government found some eggs contaminated with a harmful pesticide
BiondVax receives NIS 2.7 mn funding from Israel Innovation Authority to develop its universal flu vaccine candidate, M-001
BiondVax announced that the Israel Innovation Authority agreed to fund up to 40% of a NIS 2.7 million (approximately US$ 750,000) budget towards ongoing development of M-001, the company’s universal flu vaccine candidate
Academic studies
Adverse events of prophylactic anti-influenza agents in medical staff
A survey carried out among medical staff in the 2014-2015 flu season found that 22.5% of subjects experienced adverse events due to oseltamivir, with zanamivir showing less adverse events
Genetic Marker Correlates With Severe Influenza Outcomes
A high-risk variant of IFITM3, a protein with antiviral properties, may act as a genetic marker for identifying individuals at increased risk for severe influenza infections, according to a study published in Nature Medicine
Shortening swine exhibits, hand washing could prevent pig-to-human flu transmissions
Researchers are advising people who visit U.S. county fairs to take precautions so they don’t catch swine flu; people at increased risk of developing the flu — children under five, adults over 65 and people with chronic health conditions — should also avoid animal exhibits altogether
Pig-to-person spread of flu at fairs a continued concern
The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs, and protective measures including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate make good sense for both the animals and humans, say the authors of a new study
Pediatric influenza news
Mothers who lost children to vaccine-preventable diseases urge vaccination
Vaccine education groups are asking parents to get their kids vaccinated before school starts
Compulsory vaccination for schools – everything you need to know
A Ministry of Health note reiterates that unvaccinated children will not be able to attend childcare facilities and schools, even if the parents pay the associated fine
Over 65’s influenza news
MEDICAL FOCUS: Recommended immunizations for those age 50+
The CDC warns that the elderly are more likely to die of a vaccine-preventable disease than other age groups, and recommends they discuss vaccines, including flu shots, with their doctors
General Influenza News
Flu Queensland: Tamiflu shortage grips state
Queensland pharmacies are in the midst of a shortage of Tamiflu, as the state battles one of the worst influenza seasons in recent years
CVS Health survey: 61% of Americans plan to get flu vaccine this year, a 2% increase from last year
Marking the start of flu vaccine availability, a new survey from CVS Health found that nearly two-thirds of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, resulting in a two percent increase from last year’s survey findings
A highly successful flu vaccination campaign has beat the numbers vacinated for the whole of 2015 in just a few months of this year
In General Pueyrredon, Argentina, the number of people having received the flu vaccine so far this year is already greater than for the whole of 2015, and the campaign is not over
Flu season: please don't shake my hand unless you use your elbow
The writer pleads in favour of more Australians getting vaccinated against the flu as too few people take advantage of the shot
Notice everyone sick around you? Influenza cases skyrocket
As influenza cases spike in Australia, people are reminded that it is not too late to get vaccinated to avoid the illness or minimise the symptoms
Cypress non-profit plans annual flu prevention event
In Texas, Shots for Holly, a non-profit organization that educates the community about influenza will be hosting its fourth annual Flu Season Kickoff Party; in the past three years, the organization has raised more than $70,000 and facilitated more than 700 flu shots
VERIFY: Can The Flu Shot Wear Off If You Get One Too Early?
A recent Consumer Reports On Health article states “an early flu shot could leave you unprotected later on in the flu season, which usually peaks in January or February and runs through April or May”, but the writer debunks this theory
Protect Your Heart Health by Getting Vaccinated
A reminder that while getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages, it’s especially important for adults with heart disease, as they’re more likely to have serious complications from common diseases such as the flu or pneumonia
Burden of disease
Sick of Influenza: 70, 000 Confirmed Cases in 2017
Health experts are warning that Australia's on the brink of the worst flu season ever and recommend that people get vaccinated
Tasmanian doctors and hospitals braced for surge in influenza cases
The worst of Tasmania’s flu season is still to come, with further pressure expected on hospitals and GPs next week, the Australian Medical Association says
57 receive treatment for H1N1
A total of 57 people are being treated for H1N1 seasonal influenza at general hospitals throughout Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports
Gujarat swine flu toll touches 220
As per Gujarat’s health department figures, 2,095 H1N1 cases were reported this year, with 220 deaths; the Gujarat High Court has slammed the authorities for “failing to contain the spread” of the virus