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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 30th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Life-saving flu vaccines at heart of £160 million boost for life sciences A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a £160 million Government boost for the UK’s research sector, ministers will announce
PharmaJet announces Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for Needle-free delivery begins shipping for 2017-18 flu season PharmaJet announced that shipping has begun for the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for needle-free delivery with the PharmaJet Stratis device for the 2017-18 influenza season
Sanofi Pasteur launches 4-strain influenza vaccine in Korea Sanofi Pasteur said it would officially launch its new quadrivalent influenza vaccine in South Korea next month: Vaxigrip Tetra is able to protect against four strains of influenza -- two influenza strains (H1N1, H3N2) and two influenza B strains (Yamagata, Victoria)
PharmaJet announces Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for Needle-free delivery begins shipping for 2017-18 flu season PharmaJet announced that shipping has begun for the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for needle-free delivery with the PharmaJet Stratis device for the 2017-18 influenza season
Donor blood used in ground breaking flu treatment trial A ground breaking trial is being performed at a major hospital in Sydney's west to combat the flu. It involves the use of donor blood from people who have recovered from influenza or who have received the flu shot. Their donated blood contains antibodies that are then extracted and used to treat sick patients
Germany reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in swans Germany reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. The virus was found in three swans
Bird flu reaches 24 outbreaks in SA Despite efforts by the government and the commercial poultry and ostrich industries to control the disease, there were now 24 confirmed outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since late June 2017 in South Africa
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Pandemic Influenza News
Bird flu reaches 24 outbreaks in SA
Despite efforts by the government and the commercial poultry and ostrich industries to control the disease, there were now 24 confirmed outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since late June 2017 in South Africa
Plenty to chew over on bird flu
As President Duterte decided to show that chicken is safe to eat in the bird flu-infected Philippine province of Pampanga, it emerged that the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus blamed for the country's first avian flu outbreak is more fatal than H5N1
Should you be afraid of 'bird flu'? Expert explains avian influenza
The Philippines recently recorded its first bird flu outbreak, raising alarms on the possibility of transmitting the virus from fowls to humans. Although some strains of the avian influenza are transmittable to humans, Dr. Gundo Weiler of the WHO explains that the risk is low
Germany reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in swans
Germany reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. The virus was found in three swans
South Africa's RCL Foods finds bird flu at poultry farm
South Africa’s RCL Foods has found the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its poultry farms; RCL financial director Rob Field said the pathogen was contained and it would continue to work with government and industry to stamp out the disease which poses little risk to human health
Industry News
Life-saving flu vaccines at heart of £160 million boost for life sciences
A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a £160 million Government boost for the UK’s research sector, ministers will announce
Sanofi Pasteur launches 4-strain influenza vaccine in Korea
Sanofi Pasteur said it would officially launch its new quadrivalent influenza vaccine in South Korea next month: Vaxigrip Tetra is able to protect against four strains of influenza -- two influenza strains (H1N1, H3N2) and two influenza B strains (Yamagata, Victoria)
PharmaJet announces Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for Needle-free delivery begins shipping for 2017-18 flu season
PharmaJet announced that shipping has begun for the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for needle-free delivery with the PharmaJet Stratis device for the 2017-18 influenza season
Sanofi completes acquisition of vaccines biotech company
Sanofi has announced the completion of its acquisition of Protein Sciences, following Federal Trade Commission approval; this acquisition adds a recombinant protein-based influenza vaccine, Flublok, to the portfolio of Sanofi’s vaccines business unit
Flu Shots Available at East Haven Fall Festival
Healthy Choices Fastvax will be administering Flublok Influenza Vaccine, in East Haven, Connecticut; Flublok is an egg-free flu vaccine, made without antibiotics, thimerosal, latex or flu virus
News of Note—Sanofi, FluMist and more
A roundup of flu vaccine industry news
Academic studies
Flu vaccine effectiveness depends on your genes
An analysis of influenza vaccine response in more than 500 people has identified nine genes that influence the effectiveness of the treatment. The research confirms the findings of smaller studies, and helps to explain why the effectiveness of the flu vax tends to decrease in older people
Donor blood used in ground breaking flu treatment trial
A ground breaking trial is being performed at a major hospital in Sydney's west to combat the flu. It involves the use of donor blood from people who have recovered from influenza or who have received the flu shot. Their donated blood contains antibodies that are then extracted and used to treat sick patients
Pediatric influenza news
2016-2017 Influenza Season: Drop in Vaccination Rates Due to Nasal Spray Absence?
A decline in flu vaccination rates among children in the 2016-2017 season may have been due to the absence of the nasal spray as an immunization option, according to new data published in Vaccine
KMart Pharmacy is Ready to Knock Out the Flu this Season
KMart is kicking off flu season with pharmacies fulfilling the promise of a one-stop, convenient health destination, offering flu shots and other back-to-school immunizations
Texas Medical Association advisory
Each year, flu sends some 20,000 kids under age 5 to the hospital, the most hospitalizations for any vaccine-preventable disease, according to the CDC; an annual flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months and older and for all child care workers
Over 65’s influenza news
Protect your heart health by getting vaccinated
While getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages, it’s especially important for adults with heart disease, who are more likely to have serious complications from common diseases such as influenza or pneumonia that vaccination can help prevent
Vaccination against the flu manages to avoid 4 out of 10 hospitalizations
A European study estimated that in 2015/16 the seasonal influenza vaccination prevented approximately half of the cases of hospitalisation with laboratory-confirmed influenza among vaccinated elderly people; vaccination provided similar protection to elderly patients with underlying diabetes mellitus, cancer, lung and heart diseases
General Influenza News
Your personal vaccination card now has its own app
In Mexico, a new mobile phone app has been developed to help patients track their vaccination records and appointments, and their family’s
Around 321m Lempiras are invested in purchasing vaccination each year
In Honduras, the Health Ministry’s Head of the Immunisation Programme detailed the vaccinations on offer in public hospitals and the progress still to be made to achieve optimum coverage across the country
A cold spell means that 49,000 people in Junin have been hit by the flu and pneumonia
In Peru, a cold spell means that 49,000 people in Junin have been hit by the flu and pneumonia, particularly children under 5 and the elderly
Public appeal on influenza vaccination as Seasonal Vaccination Programme comes to end
In Hong Kong, the Hospital Authority was earlier informed by the Department of Health that the Government Vaccination Programme 2016/17 will end on August 31
Ukrainians warned of a new strain of influenza
In the past epidemic season, influenza type A(H1N1) pdm09, “Michigan” strain, circulated at a very low level, however the Ministry of Health of Ukraine said that a large epidemic, most likely, will not be avoided
Burden of disease
Nearly 30,000 cases diagnosed in Queensland in one of worst flu seasons in five years
Queensland’s horror flu season appears to have finally peaked, with new figures revealing the number of cases diagnosed each week is starting to decline. Latest data shows 4554 new flu cases were reported last week, down from 4749 the week before
North West emergency departments handle big spike in flu cases
Flu season continues its spread through the Australian North West, with health officials saying it is not too late to get vaccinated. The NWHHS Board met on Friday and emphasised the need for strong vaccination campaigning
Flu epidemic costs employers millions of dollars in lost productivity
Australia’s flu epidemic has hit employers hard and has cost them $47.8 million of lost productivity so far this month, new figures have shown. Public records show 1 in 217 Australians — a total of 113,392 cases — have had the flu up until August 29 and it’s the worst outbreak since public records began
Swine flu cases on the rise, hospitals not adhering to health ministry guidelines
Authorities have failed to contain deaths due to Swine Flu (H1N1) in India—although there has been no mutation in the virus this year (the virus was last mutated in 2015), as many as 1,094 people have died from the virus in 2017 till 23 August