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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 25th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Quadrivalent influenza vaccines enter fierce sales competition The competition among quadrivalent products is intensifying in Korea. On top of six vaccine brands -- Fluarix Tetra by GSK, GC Fluquadribalant by Green Cross, SKYCellflu Quadrivalent by SK Chemical, Boryung Tetra Vaccine by Borung Biopharma, Kovax flu 4ga PF by Korea Vaccine, and Teratect by Il-Yang Pharm –– that won approvals last year, three new products -- Vaxigriptetra by Sanofi-Pasteur, Vaxiflu quadrivalent vaccine by Dong-A ST and Boryung Tetra by Boryung Biopharma -- jumped into the fray this year
Flu vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable Influenza vaccination rates in children may have decreased for the 2016-17 influenza season because of a recommendation by the CDC that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used, according to researchers
Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy Reduces Infant Risk for Acute Lower Respiratory Infection Infants born to mothers who were vaccinated with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3) during pregnancy received protection against acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI), according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases
China provides emergency aid of swine flu vaccine to Myanmar China provided emergency aid of vaccines against swine flu to Myanmar on Thursday. The vaccines and other medical equipment were handed over to the Myanmar side at Yangon International Airport
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Pandemic Influenza News
DA confirms virus strain in Pampanga bird flu outbreak
The Avian Flu virus that killed hundreds of birds in six farms in San Luis Pampanga in the Philippines has been identified as Influenza A H5N6, a virus that is transmittable to humans but far less deadly than H5N1
Is The Possibility Of A Hybrid Flu Pandemic A Reality? Here’s What You Need To Know
As we face another strain of an avian Influenza Virus (H7N9) that afflicted China not too long ago, scientists are taking matters into their own hands by testing for new viruses that can cause havoc to prepare for the worst
Industry News
Quadrivalent influenza vaccines enter fierce sales competition
The competition among quadrivalent products is intensifying in Korea. On top of six vaccine brands -- Fluarix Tetra by GSK, GC Fluquadribalant by Green Cross, SKYCellflu Quadrivalent by SK Chemical, Boryung Tetra Vaccine by Borung Biopharma, Kovax flu 4ga PF by Korea Vaccine, and Teratect by Il-Yang Pharm –– that won approvals last year, three new products -- Vaxigriptetra by Sanofi-Pasteur, Vaxiflu quadrivalent vaccine by Dong-A ST and Boryung Tetra by Boryung Biopharma -- jumped into the fray this year
Academic studies
Flu vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable
Influenza vaccination rates in children may have decreased for the 2016-17 influenza season because of a recommendation by the CDC that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used, according to researchers
Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy Reduces Infant Risk for Acute Lower Respiratory Infection
Infants born to mothers who were vaccinated with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3) during pregnancy received protection against acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI), according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases
Combating Antiviral Drug Resistance With Dynamic Therapeutics
Antiviral drug resistance has long been a problem: as viruses evolve, they develop resistance to antiviral drugs, which become less effective at treating diseases such as influenza. Now, a group of researchers is approaching this problem with a new idea: what if antiviral drugs could evolve along with viruses to stop this resistance?
How Bird Flu Grows An ‘Eggshell’ That Makes It More Deadly
An eggshell-like mineral layer around the avian flu virus could explain why we are more likely to catch it from birds than from our fellow humans
Complete Genome Sequencing of Influenza A Viruses within Swine Farrow-to-Wean Farms Reveals the Emergence, Persistence, and Subsidence of Diverse Viral Genotypes
Swine are one of the main reservoir species for influenza A viruses (IAVs) and play a key role in the transmission of IAVs between species. A study demonstrated the dynamic evolution of IAVs within farrow-to-wean farms, which is crucial to improve health interventions to reduce the risk of transmission between pigs and from pigs to people
Pediatric influenza news
CDC reports low vaccination rate for Oregon
A new federal report shows that Oregon has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the US. But the rates in the report are misleading, state health officials say, because they're based on a small sample
Vaccinations credited for fewer child deaths
In a report published this year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation noted that childhood deaths worldwide have been declining annually for more than a quarter-century, mainly thanks to vaccinations
Over 65’s influenza news
Get a flu jab and other ways to protect yourself against flu if you are older
Protecting yourself with a flu vaccination is the best way to avoid the flu, but other health tips can help
General Influenza News
Three doctors investigated over getting children exempt from compulsory vaccinations
The Victorian government has slammed an underground network of anti-vax doctors and said they must be stopped. Dr John Piesse was filmed speaking at an anti-vaccination rally about how he gets children exemptions from compulsory vaccinations
Anti-vaccination beliefs don't follow the usual political polarization
It seems not to matter whether someone is conservative or liberal; the more political someone is, the more likely they are to think that vaccines are unsafe. Yet it is only the very conservative that are more likely to believe that vaccination should be a parent's choice
Flu shots are available in KOTA Territory
In South Dakota, Flu shots are available in a few places around KOTA Territory like Shopko and Walgreens
7 Tips for Pharmacists Administering Immunizations
Pharmacists across the country are gaining more privileges related to immunizations, but many patients are not aware that they can get more than just a flu shot at their local pharmacies
Ferris Wheels, Funnel Cake, and…Swine Flu?
An analysis found that the ways that farm kids and their families handle pigs at agricultural fairs put them at risk for novel flu viruses that are circulating among swine, and the close contact between children and show pigs could be a bridge that allows new flu strains to spread widely among humans
China provides emergency aid of swine flu vaccine to Myanmar
China provided emergency aid of vaccines against swine flu to Myanmar on Thursday. The vaccines and other medical equipment were handed over to the Myanmar side at Yangon International Airport
Albertsons uses flu shot to increase awareness around other available vaccinations
In Idaho, Albertsons pharmacies have annual flu vaccinations in stock and are reminding customers that while they are getting vaccinated, it's a great time to review their immunization records
Burden of disease
India sees 1,094 swine flu deaths in 2017
India has recorded 1,094 swine flu-related deaths in 2017, with the maximum 342 casualties being reported in August only
Refugee camp closed after H1N1 cases
In Thailand, health authorities are trying to control an outbreak of Influenza A(H1N1) at a refugee camp in Mae Hong Son after three infections were confirmed
3 more die in 3 days in Myanmar due to swine flu
Three more people have died of seasonal influenza A/H1N1-2009, also known as swine flu, over the past three days, bringing the total death toll to 33 as of Wednesday
Influenza activity drops further
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection reported that the local seasonal influenza activity and influenza admissions to public hospitals further decreased in the past week
Influenza A virus transmitted from swine to humans at agricultural fair
A total of 18 human outbreaks with influenza A (H3N2) virus occurred in 2016 after individuals were exposed to influenza-infected swine at 7 agricultural fairs in Ohio and Michigan, according to a report
Ipswich flu outbreak expected to worsen, health service says
As a major flu outbreak continues to sweep Queensland, Ipswich health authorities have issued a warning amid predictions the worst is yet to come
India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year
India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the highest number of fatalities, at 342