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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 1st Sep 2017

News Highlights
London Summit to Tackle Avian Disease Around 100 experts are gathering at the third annual conference hosted by the UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases. Delegates will discuss solutions for major avian viruses, and best management practices to avoid these viruses' spread
Flu vaccine very effective in children, but not elderly Last winter's vaccine reduced the risk of flu by 66% in children, according to Public Health England, up 8% on last year. It's the best result since 2013, when children first received flu vaccinations. In adults aged 18-64 years, the vaccine reduced the risk of flu by about 40%
Universal flu vaccine co BiondVax to delist from TASE BiondVax has decided to voluntarily delist from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, while maintaining a continued listing on NASDAQ. Following a €20 million funding agreement with the EIB and as it progresses towards Phase III clinical trials and construction of its commercial mid-size manufacturing facility, BiondVax's board decided to focus efforts on the international scene
Breaking down vaccine fact vs. fiction Thimerosal has given some parents negative feelings towards the additive. According to the CDC no studies have found any evidence that thimerosal is unsafe. This additive is now only used in some flu shots
UK childhood vaccination rates among the highest in the world as parents say 'we trust our NHS' Record numbers of parents in the UK are now immunising their children partially because of the high regard parents have for the NHS, and partly because injections are free on the routine NHS vaccination programme
Do vaccinations save us money? Vaccinations save us a lot of money according to a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore
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Pandemic Influenza News
DOH: no human transmission of bird flu in PH
In the Philippines, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial reiterated the Department of Agriculture’s declaration that the country remains free from cases of avian flu transmission to humans
London Summit to Tackle Avian Disease
Around 100 experts are gathering at the third annual conference hosted by the UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases. Delegates will discuss solutions for major avian viruses, and best management practices to avoid these viruses' spread
Agriculture Dept urges caution on vaccination against avian flu
The South African Agriculture Department says farmers have to be cautious about vaccinating against avian flu because past experience has shown there are repercussions for the poultry industry
South Africa struggles to bring avian influenza outbreak under control
Avian influenza is continuing to spread across South Africa where 300,000 birds have been culled in the past 2 months. Because of the mortality rate it is believed the causal agent is the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain but DAFF tests were yet to confirm that was the case
In the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, three dead swans have been found
In the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, three dead swans have been found, infected with the avian influenza virus H5N8. Vigilance has been recommended in the rest of the country
Industry News
GlaxoSmithKline’s Vaccines Business in 2Q17
GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine business includes meningitis vaccines, influenza vaccines, and the established vaccines in its portfolio. The revenues were driven by a strong performance across each of the franchises
Universal flu vaccine co BiondVax to delist from TASE
BiondVax has decided to voluntarily delist from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, while maintaining a continued listing on NASDAQ. Following a €20 million funding agreement with the EIB and as it progresses towards Phase III clinical trials and construction of its commercial mid-size manufacturing facility, BiondVax's board decided to focus efforts on the international scene
BiondVax Provides Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Update
BiondVax announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017; CEO Dr. Ron Babecoff commented, "This quarter's significant achievements including the €20 million EIB funding and positive Phase 2b clinical trial results enable us continue towards launching our Phase 3 program and constructing our mid-size manufacturing facility towards commercialization"
Academic studies
Do vaccinations save us money?
Vaccinations save us a lot of money according to a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore
Pediatric influenza news
GP who helped parents avoid 'no jab, no play' rules stops practising during investigation
A Melbourne doctor who helped parents to avoid compulsory vaccinations for their children has agreed to stop practising medicine while health regulators investigate him
UK childhood vaccination rates among the highest in the world as parents say 'we trust our NHS'
Record numbers of parents in the UK are now immunising their children partially because of the high regard parents have for the NHS, and partly because injections are free on the routine NHS vaccination programme
West Dunbartonshire parents urged to get their children registered for flu immunisation
Over 2000 schools across Scotland offer the free nasal flu vaccine to more than 450,000 primary school pupils. Health professionals want to make sure the uptake is high after figures revealed over a quarter of eligible kids didn’t receive the vaccine last year
Flu vaccine very effective in children, but not elderly
Last winter's vaccine reduced the risk of flu by 66% in children, according to Public Health England, up 8% on last year. It's the best result since 2013, when children first received flu vaccinations. In adults aged 18-64 years, the vaccine reduced the risk of flu by about 40%
Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Seasonal influenza vaccination programmes in 2016/17 conclude
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection announced that the Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme 2016/17 today concluded as all seasonal influenza vaccines would expire after August 31
As Flu Shot Season Approaches, Inflexible Rules Can Cause Accommodation Headaches
Each year in the US, hospitals have to find a way to best balance theirs interest in protecting patients with a healthcare worker’s sincerely held religious belief that conflicts with the hospital’s requirement that its employees get the flu vaccine, and new court rulings should guide them in this process
Aachen Standing Commission on Immunization publishes its recommendation for the implementation of protective vaccinations
In Germany, recommendations on vaccines for the coming year have been published, including recommendations for the flu vaccine for at risk population
South Tyrol embarks on a vaccination information and immunization campaign
South Tyrol embarks on a vaccination information and immunization campaign
Why You Need the Shingles, Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines
A reminder that adults need to get immunised too, which means an annual flu shot for instance
Breaking down vaccine fact vs. fiction
Thimerosal has given some parents negative feelings towards the additive. According to the CDC no studies have found any evidence that thimerosal is unsafe. This additive is now only used in some flu shots
CHANS announces 50+ free flu shot clinic locations
Over the next three months, CHANS Home Health & Hospice will provide more than 50 public flu shot clinics throughout the Mid Coast region of Maine; these will be available free of charge to anyone in the community over six months of age
Anti-vaccination advocate Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia
Prominent anti-vaccination campaigner Kent Heckenlively has been denied a visa to enter Australia, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says. Dutton described those entangled in the anti-vaxxer movement as dangerous people
Burden of disease
The health dangers from Hurricane Harvey’s floods
What comes into focus from disasters such as Harvey is a lack of disaster preparedness compared with pandemics such as the flu, experts say. “We don’t realize that the Gulf Coast is America’s vulnerable underbelly of infectious disease,” they said, referring to a paper written in 2014. The hot and humid region combines high levels of poverty with major transportation hubs, with problems exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
24 H1N1 deaths since August 7th, PMC withholds information
In India, the Pune Municipal Corporation has been withholding information on the number of people affected by and dying from swine flu as it says the virus is so entrenched in the community it becomes difficult to accurately reflect the mortality directly caused by H1N1
Gujarat swine flu: Death toll rises to 354 since January as five more fall victim to H1N1 virus
The death toll due to swine flu in Gujarat in India has risen to 354 since January as five more deaths were reported on Thursday
This may not be the ‘biggest flu season on record’, but it is a big one
2017 is on track to be a historically big flu year in Australia, but the data will not be available for a while yet to see how big. Australian flu vaccination rates are low; data are scant but vaccination rates have increased in adults and some at-risk groups, but remain lower than for childhood vaccines
Tasmanian flu season 'severe' in 2017: Pharmacy Guild
This year’s influenza season in Tasmania has been a “severe” one, as a particularly virulent strain of the virus continues to tighten its grip on the nation, according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Tasmanian president John Dowling