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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 4th Sep 2017

News Highlights
China reports H7N9 avian flu death in Jiangsu In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Jiangsu; the 58 year-old man died
Pandemic Preparedness: Seqirus Quadruples Manufacturing Output for Flu Vaccine Seqirus’ accelerated development of its cell-based manufacturing technology has quadrupled influenza vaccine output in just two years, according to the company. The announcement was made on the 10th anniversary of pandemic partnership with the U.S. Government
With 600 H1N1 deaths since Jan, govt should promote influenza vaccine, says WHO At a time when 600 people have succumbed to H1N1 virus in India this year, World Health Organization’s India representative Dr Henk Bekedam has urged the government to promote influenza vaccination
Influenza vaccine effectiveness: 2016 to 2017 estimates Summary of flu vaccine effectiveness estimates for adults and children in primary care in the UK, during the 2016 to 2017 flu season
Nasal spray effective at protecting vaccinated children from flu Data published by Public Health England has shown that the flu vaccine nasal spray reduced the risk of vaccinated children getting flu by 65.8% in the 2016 to 2017 season in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Influenza vaccine in 2016/17 was 'ineffective' in patients over 65 The influenza vaccine for 2016/17 had 'no significant effectiveness' in patients over 65, while effectiveness of the vaccine increased in children, Public Health England data shows
Fear of swine flu epidemic grows as death toll is 'several times the official figure' Delhi is being swept by a deadly swine flu wave that has left hundreds ill and claimed dozens of lives. While the government has received reports of 2,177 cases, with five deaths over the past two months, Mail Today has been told by top hospitals in the city that the toll is many times higher
Vaccines save 20 million lives, $350 billion in poor countries since 2001 Vaccination efforts made in the world's poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health-care costs by 2020, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Seqirus
Pandemic Preparedness: Seqirus Quadruples Manufacturing Output for Flu Vaccine
Seqirus’ accelerated development of its cell-based manufacturing technology has quadrupled influenza vaccine output in just two years, according to the company. The announcement was made on the 10th anniversary of pandemic partnership with the U.S. Government
Buellton Senior Center is offering flu shots
Seniors in the Santa Inez Valley can get a jump-start on flu season by getting their flu shots early, with Fluad, specifically designed for older adults to protect against the flu and boost their immune systems
Pandemic Influenza News
China reports H7N9 avian flu death in Jiangsu
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Jiangsu; the 58 year-old man died
New Taipei on high alert for H5 avian flu outbreaks
New Taipei is on high alert after a slaughterhouse in the city reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections in chickens on three of its nine slaughter lines
Farm minister says Philippines' bird flu crisis is over
The Philippines has declared its avian flu crisis, which prompted the culling of over 600,000 birds, to be officially over as it eased restrictions on the shipment of poultry products from towns where outbreaks were detected
DOH chief: No human infection of bird flu in PHL so far
The Philippines is so far clear of any human infection of the avian influenza virus, the Department of Health said Sunday; the remarks come on the last day of the surveillance of humans who came in direct contact with fowls affected by the avian influenza
Avian flu strikes poultry, wild birds in 3 nations
South Africa and Italy reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in both poultry and other birds, and Taiwan confirmed two more H5N2 detections at poultry farms in two counties
Industry News
With 600 H1N1 deaths since Jan, govt should promote influenza vaccine, says WHO
At a time when 600 people have succumbed to H1N1 virus in India this year, World Health Organization’s India representative Dr Henk Bekedam has urged the government to promote influenza vaccination
Vaccination giant recognises the hard vaccination work done by institutions
Sanofi Pasteur held the third edition of its Vaccination for Opportunity Prize which aims to promote the benefits of immunization at a local and regional administration level
Academic studies
Influenza vaccine effectiveness: 2016 to 2017 estimates
Summary of flu vaccine effectiveness estimates for adults and children in primary care in the UK, during the 2016 to 2017 flu season
Vaccines save 20 million lives, $350 billion in poor countries since 2001
Vaccination efforts made in the world's poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health-care costs by 2020, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pediatric influenza news
Nasal Flu Vaccine's Demise May Mean Fewer Immunized Kids
Seasonal flu immunisation rates among children appear to have dropped slightly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against the nasal spray version of the vaccine, researchers report
Nasal spray effective at protecting vaccinated children from flu
Data published by Public Health England has shown that the flu vaccine nasal spray reduced the risk of vaccinated children getting flu by 65.8% in the 2016 to 2017 season in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Child flu vaccine 'key to protecting older people'
The UK's evolving programme of vaccinating children against flu is being hailed as a vital tool in protecting older, more vulnerable people from the virus
Why your child needs a flu shot
Last flu season, more than 100 children in the U.S. died of the flu, and thousands more were hospitalized for severe illness. More than half of the children who died did not have any underlying chronic conditions, which is why paediatricians recommend all children ages 6 months and older get an annual flu shot
When Do Babies Get The Flu Shot? A Paediatrician Explains
Paediatrician Dr Jarret Patton says that babies are the among the most vulnerable for severe illness or death from influenza. “Virtually every baby should be vaccinated for the flu at 6 months of age or older,” suggests Patton
Over 65’s influenza news
Seven Elderly Residents Die Of Flu At Single Nursing Home In Victoria
In Australia, seven elderly people have died at a single nursing home in Victoria within a fortnight and further deaths are likely, as a large-scale influenza outbreak sweeps through the facility
Influenza vaccine in 2016/17 was 'ineffective' in patients over 65
The influenza vaccine for 2016/17 had 'no significant effectiveness' in patients over 65, while effectiveness of the vaccine increased in children, Public Health England data shows
'Worst ever' flu epidemic claims more lives amid calls for mandatory jabs for aged care workers
The death toll from Australia's influenza epidemic has risen as doctors urge members of the public to get vaccinated against the deadly strain
All aged care workers to get flu vaccine after deaths: Greg Hunt
All aged care workers in Australia will get compulsory flu vaccines following a spate of deaths in nursing homes, the federal health minister Greg Hunt has announced
Flu vaccine for seniors (photo)
Around 130 senior citizen were given flu shots during the Community Volunteer Health Worker Local Conference held at G. E. Abordo Memorial National High School in the remote island of Agutaya, Palawan
General Influenza News
Vaccines are for all ages
In St Louis, people including students are reminded of the importance of vaccines and flu clinics are open for seasonal flu shots
Summer flu cases higher than usual in Orange County, vaccine now available
Flu shots are now available in Orange County, as public health officials have seen a higher than usual number of summertime flu cases, including one death
Flu vaccination programme chance for pharmacies to show what they can do
In the UK, community pharmacies have been urged to use this season’s flu vaccination programme to “show patients and the NHS what community pharmacy is capable of”; pharmacists can begin vaccinating eligible patients from Friday 1 September 2017
Mandatory flu shots are a risky proposition
It’s understandable that employers would want to limit the impact of the flu in their organizations. But to avoid the legal minefields associated with mandatory flu vaccines, they may want to consider various options for encouraging workers to voluntarily get the flu vaccine
ACIP publishes 2017-18 influenza vaccination recommendations
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has published its recommendations for this season’s influenza immunization in the August 25 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Extra 500 beds for Hong Kong’s public hospitals, but not enough for winter flu, authority admits
An extra 500 beds announced on Thursday for Hong Kong’s overcrowded public hospitals will not be enough to cope with the winter flu season, authorities have conceded
Mexicans create an electronic vaccination card that is already being used in 8 states
The electronic vaccination record card used in 8 Mexican states enables doctors and nurses to access the information on computers or mobiles, and by 2018, 2 million children would be on such cards
'Woefully unprepared': Doctors sound alarm on flu as government plans new vaccine push
Australia is woefully unprepared for the next pandemic flu, with doctors hoping this winter's deadly outbreak will serve as a wake-up call for people too lazy to get vaccinated. Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon has expressed frustration that take-up rates for flu vaccines remain stubbornly low, warning it could end in disaster
Southern Miss health officials urge campus flu vaccinations; 'sudden' outbreak reported
The University of Southern Mississippi's health center is holding special Labor Day weekend hours after nearly 90 cases of flu were diagnosed on campus in 10 days. Students and staff are advised to get vaccinated
PMC panel dictates doctors to start swine flu treatment in 48 hours
The diktat of a newly formed committee of Pune Municipal Corporation to minimise swine flu deaths has created a furore, with doctors feeling it is impossible to prescribe every influenza patient Oseltamivir as detection of the H1N1 virus can go beyond the 48-hour deadline set by the civic body
Burden of disease
309 infected with swine flu in Chitwan: DPHO confirms
More than 300 cases of the deadly H1N1 virus have been reported in southern Nepal’s Chitwan district, a popular tourist destination, health department officials said
Swine flu: Gujarat has not carried out vaccinations despite being at high risk
Despite the Indian health ministry’s advisory to vaccinate groups of vulnerable people, Gujarat has not carried out vaccinations among high-risk populations; state officials have said that this year’s outbreak has been due to a change in the H1N1 virus
Swine Flu Has Killed 1,100 People Across The Country This Year So Far! Is The Govt Listening?
According to health ministry data, 22,186 cases of swine flu have been reported across India, with experts attributing the increased incidence to a "change in the virus's strain"
Fear of swine flu epidemic grows as death toll is 'several times the official figure'
Delhi is being swept by a deadly swine flu wave that has left hundreds ill and claimed dozens of lives. While the government has received reports of 2,177 cases, with five deaths over the past two months, Mail Today has been told by top hospitals in the city that the toll is many times higher