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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 24th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Flu season early bird Seqirus debuts Fluad TV ad campaign targeting seniors Active seniors star in the new Seqirus commercial for Fluad, its first for the trivalent flu vaccine aimed at the 65-plus crowd. The campaign comes in the second year of Fluad’s availability in the U.S. because it spent last season laying the groundwork
New approved flu vaccine for older patients set for 2018 Fluad, a new influenza vaccine that is particularly effective at protecting people over the age of 65 has been approved for use by the UK’s drug regulatory body and is expected to be available to GP practices from next year
Health Officials Worry A Deadly Avian Flu In China Could Be Next Pandemic In May, the CDC ranked the influenza strain H7N9 the highest possible threat for viruses at risk of causing a worldwide pandemic; health officials are worried about the virus changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans. A new paper published this summer forecast the virus being three mutations away from such a reality
Regulators add sleep disorder to Tamiflu side effects In Korea, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said that it has added sleep disorders to the side effects of influenza medication oseltamivir, also known as Tamiflu
Daewoong releases improved influenza treatment Daewoong Pharmaceutical has released its influenza treatment Tamivict with “improved patient convenience,” the company said
Novavax’s NanoFlu Has Potential to Lead the Influenza Market: CEO New data “suggest that NanoFlu has the potential to elicit a broader, more robust immune response, resulting in greater protection than the market-leading licensed influenza vaccine in older adults, Sanofi’s Fluzone High-Dose”, said Novavax’s R&D President, after pre-clinical study results came out
The impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness: a systematic review and meta-analysis A study looked at the impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness and found that from the patient perspective, the results support current season vaccination regardless of prior season vaccination
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Flu season early bird Seqirus debuts Fluad TV ad campaign targeting seniors
Active seniors star in the new Seqirus commercial for Fluad, its first for the trivalent flu vaccine aimed at the 65-plus crowd. The campaign comes in the second year of Fluad’s availability in the U.S. because it spent last season laying the groundwork
New approved flu vaccine for older patients set for 2018
Fluad, a new influenza vaccine that is particularly effective at protecting people over the age of 65 has been approved for use by the UK’s drug regulatory body and is expected to be available to GP practices from next year
New flu vaccine approved for UK use
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has cleared the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad for use in people aged 65 years or older.
Pandemic Influenza News
Health Officials Worry A Deadly Avian Flu In China Could Be Next Pandemic
In May, the CDC ranked the influenza strain H7N9 the highest possible threat for viruses at risk of causing a worldwide pandemic; health officials are worried about the virus changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans. A new paper published this summer forecast the virus being three mutations away from such a reality
Australian lab confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga
The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said that an Australian laboratory confirmed that the Avian Influenza A(H5) virus killed thousands of birds in six poultry farms in San Luis town
Sales plummet in once bird flu-free country
Consumer fear of the bird flu outbreak, the first in the Philippines, has sent poultry sales down. The WHO said that “there is no evidence that avian influenza viruses can infect humans through properly cooked food”
Industry News
Regulators add sleep disorder to Tamiflu side effects
In Korea, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said that it has added sleep disorders to the side effects of influenza medication oseltamivir, also known as Tamiflu
Daewoong releases improved influenza treatment
Daewoong Pharmaceutical has released its influenza treatment Tamivict with “improved patient convenience,” the company said
Biotech company expands headquarters in Gaithersburg, plans to add 45 new jobs
Altimmune will relocate new employees acquired as a result of its merger with Pharmathene, and existing employees, to a new location in Gaithersburg; its lead product, NasoVAX, a flu vaccine, is expected to begin Phase 2 development in the coming weeks
Novavax’s NanoFlu Has Potential to Lead the Influenza Market: CEO
New data “suggest that NanoFlu has the potential to elicit a broader, more robust immune response, resulting in greater protection than the market-leading licensed influenza vaccine in older adults, Sanofi’s Fluzone High-Dose”, said Novavax’s R&D President, after pre-clinical study results came out
Academic studies
The impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness: a systematic review and meta-analysis
A study looked at the impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness and found that from the patient perspective, the results support current season vaccination regardless of prior season vaccination
Pediatric influenza news
The best shot at overcoming vaccination standoffs? Having doctors listen to – not shun – reluctant parents
Health care providers can influence vaccination rates with the right attitudes and message. However, providers do not always have accurate perceptions of parents’ views and concerns about vaccination
Don't let fear trump science - vaccinate your child
Jim Greenwood, CEO of BIO, writes in favour of pushing back against the anti-vaccination and anti-science movement
Pediatric influenza complications significantly increase costs, resource use
A new study found that the treatment of pediatric influenza results in complications such as asthma exacerbations and can potentially cost up to $1,199 for those with Medicaid and $1,161 for those with commercial insurance.
All primary school children will be offered the flu vaccine from next year
Wales Minister for Social Services and Public Health announced that Year Four pupils will get the flu vaccine in 2017-18 followed by pupils in Years Five and Six in 2018-19, meaning that from 2018-19 all primary school children in Wales will be offered the flu vaccine in school
Over 65’s influenza news
The importance of vaccination for the over 65’s was reinforced at the Health Meeting in Rimini
The EU puts at 95% the optimum percentage of vaccinated people, but in Italy, only 49.9% of people get immunised against the flu
Recombinant Influenza Vaccine More Effective in Older Adults
A quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) provided more protection in adults aged 50 years or older than a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) according to a study
General Influenza News
Secrecy surrounds screening of anti-immunisation doco Vaxxed
Anti-vaxxers are resorting to covert tactics to ensure a screening of controversial documentary Vaxxed goes ahead on Friday in Australia
Last week for the free vaccination campaign in Salas Cuna, Argentina
Healthcare teams are busy vaccinating people in Salas Cuna in Argentina, providing flu shots as well as ensuring vaccination courses are completed
Doctors probed over anti-vaccination claims
At least three doctors in Melbourne are being investigated amid claims they are part of a network of anti-vaccination doctors helping families to avoid vaccinations. Victoria's Health Department and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency are examining the allegations
It Turns Out That Knowing More About Science Doesn't Correct Misbelief
A new study casts doubts on whether more information about science can really change someone’s mind. If a person is already pre-disposed to disbelieve scientific evidence, learning more about the subject may actually increase their disbelief
Queensland enlists flu fighters to participate in Flu Five
Queenslanders are being enlisted as flu fighters to help combat one of the State’s biggest flu seasons on record by taking simple precautions such as getting vaccinated
Burden of disease
Brunei not experiencing any flu outbreaks: MoH
Brunei is currently not experiencing any outbreaks of flu (Influenza A virus), and the Ministry of Health monitoring has not found an increase in the number of cases compared to what is normally expected during this time of the year
With 288 deaths, swine flu outbreak poses a big question on Gujarat-model of governance
With Gujarat having already witnessed 288 deaths from H1N1 by Tuesday evening, there is no immediate respite for the people; more than 3,200 people have been detected with the virus across 182 of the 250 talukas in the state, while the state claims to have a check on the spread of the virus
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