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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 19th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S. Seqirus announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Virginians Urged to Get Flu Shot The elderly, young children and pregnant women are especially at risk from the flu. Researchers found that administering Fluad to over-65s would fall well below NICE cost-effectiveness threshold, costing £3540 per quality-adjusted life year gained
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
J&J collaborates with US Department of HHS to develop therapeutics & vaccines to fight influenza Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Research & Development are collaborating with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Vietnam to produce own avian influenza vaccine from 2018 Vietnam will produce its own vaccine against avian influenza A/H5N1 from 2018 to replace imported vaccines, according to the National Veterinary JSC, Navetco
Sanofi Pasteur supplies vaccine against flu to Ukraine Vaccines against the flu produced by Sanofi Pasteur are already in the medical warehouses of Ukraine, the head of the vaccines department of the company Olena Yentina told Interfax-Ukraine
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
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Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S.
Seqirus announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
Virginians Urged to Get Flu Shot
The elderly, young children and pregnant women are especially at risk from the flu. Researchers found that administering Fluad to over-65s would fall well below NICE cost-effectiveness threshold, costing £3540 per quality-adjusted life year gained
Pandemic Influenza News
Vietnam to produce own avian influenza vaccine from 2018
Vietnam will produce its own vaccine against avian influenza A/H5N1 from 2018 to replace imported vaccines, according to the National Veterinary JSC, Navetco
Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat from Italian province (Padua) due to H5N8
In view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Padua in Italy, Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and product from the province
Industry News
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
Offering a booster vaccine for Australians aged over 65, midway through flu season, could help combat the flu's spread. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
Cadila Healthcare gains 2% on USFDA nod for Oseltamivir powder
Neshar Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, has received final approval from the USFDA to market Oseltamivir powder for oral suspension, 6mg/ml
Sanofi Pasteur supplies vaccine against flu to Ukraine
Vaccines against the flu produced by Sanofi Pasteur are already in the medical warehouses of Ukraine, the head of the vaccines department of the company Olena Yentina told Interfax-Ukraine
Should you take an antiviral drug when you get the flu?
Antiviral medications, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza), may reduce flu symptoms and help you recover a day or two earlier. But oseltamivir came under fire a few months ago for a lack of effectiveness
J&J collaborates with US Department of HHS to develop therapeutics & vaccines to fight influenza
Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Research & Development are collaborating with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats
BiondVax Announces Closing of $10 Million Public Offering of American Depositary Shares and Exercise of Over-allotment Option
BiondVax has closed an underwritten public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares, each ADS representing forty of its ordinary shares which are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, at a price to the public of $6.00 per ADS
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax
EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
Offering a booster vaccine for Australians aged over 65, midway through flu season, could help combat the flu's spread. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter
On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Academic studies
Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve
When researchers in Australia conducted the first study of the long-term evolution of thousands of diverse viruses, they reached a startling conclusion: cross-species transmission has been more important and more frequent than anyone realized. Jumps between species have driven most major evolutionary innovations in the viruses
Pediatric influenza news
Flu vaccine: The other ‘pneumonia shot’
A pharmacist examines the benefits of flu vaccination besides helping prevent the flu, as it can reduce the risk for pneumonia and other LRTIs particularly in children
Tackling the flu and RSV
Every pediatrician has experience with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but there are still many cases in which these illnesses are misdiagnosed or mismanaged
Over 65’s influenza news
Stronger flu vaccinations available for elderly
A stronger kind of flu vaccination is trying to lessen the impact of the disease on a vulnerable population. High-dose versions of the influenza vaccines are designed to create a stronger immune response in people 65-years and older
General Influenza News
Sponsor spotlight: Get a flu vaccine and benefit the Edmonds Food Bank
For people 65 or older, the CDC recommends the Fluzone HD which is more potent than the regular flu shot. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu
Why We Get Our Flu Shots in the Fall
Even if you don't get a flu vaccine before October, public health officials recommend that everyone—including pregnant women —aged 6 months and older, as well as those with compromised immune systems such as small children and the elderly, get their seasonal flu shots
Push for flu shots after girl dies in Vic
The father of the eight-year-old girl who died from the flu in Melbourne has urged everyone to get their kids immunised after losing their 'little angel'
Secretary of State for Health heralded the launch of a vaccination against flu drive
In Mexico, an intensive flu vaccination campaign will be launched on October 16th; the Health Secretary pointed out the vaccine was both safe and free
A new tablet-based vaccination programme software package has been handed out to all health teams
A new tablet-based vaccination programme software package has been handed out to all health teams
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter
The NHS should prepare for the UK to be hit with a heavy burden of flu cases this winter, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned
VDH encourages everyone, especially health care workers, to receive flu shots
In Virginia, though it is only September, public health officials have started making the call for everyone to receive their flu shots, especially health care workers who visit patients vulnerable to the flu
All-in-one vaccination and a coffee to go?
It may become possible to get all necessary vaccinations at once, thanks to special microparticles, developed by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the particles can not only be loaded with vaccines or drugs, but they can also release them in your body at predefined times
Just in time to start thinking about an anti-flu vaccination
Just in time to start thinking about an anti-flu vaccination
Bolivian flu vaccination programme has hit 80% of the target groups in five months
In Bolivia, healthcare staff managed to use around 80% of its flu vaccination stock over 5 months, reaching around 80% of the at-risk groups targeted
Universal Flu Vaccine Could Protect Against Seasonal, Pandemic Influenza Viruses
The remarkable capacity of influenza viruses to undergo antigenic drift or shift to overcome and escape human population immunity leaves us vulnerable to a public health disaster. To meet this global health challenge, scientists are working to develop ‘universal influenza vaccines’
Doctor's warning to New Zealanders after Australia flu death
A doctor says the death of an Australian girl from the flu is a reminder to get immunised. Virologist Dr Lance Jennings says it's especially important for those planning to travel to Australia
How effective is the flu shot and why is the nasal vaccine no longer an option?
Dr. Amy Edwards explains that how effective the flu shot is varies from year to year, and that the FDA is trying to figure out why the nasal spray is no longer effective against the common flu strains that often circulate. The FDA has not endorsed the nasal spray for the past two seasons
Doctors Expecting Worse Than Normal Flu Season In U.S.
In the U.S., people are advised to get flu shots as Australia has suffered a severe flu season. The expected strains are H3N2 and H1N1. These are covered by the Quadrivalent vaccine, which also includes a couple Influenza B strains
Everything you must know to fight off this winter's dreaded Aussie flu!
Whatever your age, but particularly if you’re over 65, ‘people should be vaccinated, as it will provide some protection, even if isn’t complete’, said Professor Cheng, director of the infection prevention unit at Alfred Health at Monash University in Melbourne. ‘The vaccine can still reduce your chance of getting flu by about 20 to 60 per cent — it varies: in some years it is higher, and in other years it is lower. But there is some benefit’
Protect Those You Love: Get Vaccinated Today
Many people get the flu vaccine this time of year—which is a good opportunity, at the same time, to check with family members and their healthcare providers that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations in general
Burden of disease
'Get to the doctor': Warnings issued after flu kills eight-year-old Melbourne girl
A deadly flu outbreak has claimed the life of an eight-year-old girl in Melbourne as authorities warn Victorians not to dismiss flu symptoms
Influenza arrives in Indianola early
Flu season appears to be coming earlier this year in the U.S. Doctors and pharmacists in Indianola say they have seen a sharp increase in the number of cases recently