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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 5th Sep 2017

News Highlights
COA confirms chickens to have H5N8 avian flu Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture said
Experts to scrutinise the 2017 flu vaccine Experts say this season's record flu outbreak in Australia suggests that next year's vaccine may need to provide greater protection against the Influenza A (H3) strain
Changing of the guard at Novartis as Jimenez to step down The CEO of Novartis, Joseph Jimenez, has announced he will be stepping down in 2018. After eight years at the helm, he will be replaced by Vasant Narasimhan. Mr Jimenez has predicted a return to sales growth next year, citing a development pipeline of 12 possible “blockbuster” products
Vaccines Have Saved Nearly 20 Million Children's Lives in Poor Countries Since 2001 By 2020, vaccination programs will have saved 20 million lives in the world's poorest countries, according to a new study. But not only is immunisation preventing deaths, it's also proving to be an effective tool for making massive savings on health-care costs in areas of the world where every cent matters
Government action on recent influenza outbreak in aged care An announcement by the Federal government to boost flu vaccination rates among aged care workers has been welcomed, following a round of recent deaths due to the spread of influenza within residential aged care homes in Australia
AAP urges prompt influenza vaccination for all patients older than 6 months The AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases recommends that all patients aged 6 months and older receive an annual seasonal influenza vaccine by the end of October to ensure optimal protection during the 2017-2018 influenza season
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Pandemic Influenza News
Bird flu crisis over, agri chief says
The bird flu crisis in Central Luzon is over, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said. He has lifted the quarantine restriction in the 7-kilometer controlled area radius around the affected farming towns following the recommendations of biosecurity experts
COA confirms chickens to have H5N8 avian flu
Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture said
Industry News
Experts to scrutinise the 2017 flu vaccine
Experts say this season's record flu outbreak in Australia suggests that next year's vaccine may need to provide greater protection against the Influenza A (H3) strain
Award winners believe that vaccines are vital for health
Winners of the Sanofi Pasteur ‘Vaccination to provide opportunities in 2017’ competition believe that vaccinations are vital for health; they explained that vaccinations in Mexico are a massive, never-ending task
Changing of the guard at Novartis as Jimenez to step down
The CEO of Novartis, Joseph Jimenez, has announced he will be stepping down in 2018. After eight years at the helm, he will be replaced by Vasant Narasimhan. Mr Jimenez has predicted a return to sales growth next year, citing a development pipeline of 12 possible “blockbuster” products
Sanofi Acquires Protein Sciences, for Up To $750M
Sanofi has completed the acquisition of Protein Sciences; through the acquisition, Sanofi Pasteur adds a promising product to its influenza vaccine portfolio: Flublok
Academic studies
Vaccines Have Saved Nearly 20 Million Children's Lives in Poor Countries Since 2001
By 2020, vaccination programs will have saved 20 million lives in the world's poorest countries, according to a new study. But not only is immunisation preventing deaths, it's also proving to be an effective tool for making massive savings on health-care costs in areas of the world where every cent matters
Pediatric influenza news
Health professionals urge parents to return children's flu vaccination forms
This year’s childhood flu vaccination programme will see over 2000 schools across Scotland offer the free nasal vaccine to more than 450,000 primary school pupils
The minimum wage in Venezuela is not enough to afford vaccinations
For many in Venezuela, vaccinating babies is far too expensive and vaccines are a scarce commodity
AAP urges prompt influenza vaccination for all patients older than 6 months
The AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases recommends that all patients aged 6 months and older receive an annual seasonal influenza vaccine by the end of October to ensure optimal protection during the 2017-2018 influenza season
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends flu shot instead of nasal spray
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending for the second year in a row that everyone 6 months and older get a good old-fashioned flu shot rather than the nasal spray, FluMist
Over 65’s influenza news
Older people and carers urged to get crucial vaccination as flu season set to begin
In the UK, older people, and those in at-risk groups who are at higher risk of suffering complications of flu, are urged to get their flu vaccination early to prevent illness
Government action on recent influenza outbreak in aged care
An announcement by the Federal government to boost flu vaccination rates among aged care workers has been welcomed, following a round of recent deaths due to the spread of influenza within residential aged care homes in Australia
General Influenza News
Flu cases double in busy season
More than 600 Whittlesea and Hume residents have been diagnosed with the flu so far this year, with officials warning that Victoria is in one of the worst flu seasons on record
What Australia's bad flu season means for Europe, North America
Does Australia's bad flu season bode ill for Northern Hemisphere nations, including the US, Canada and across Europe? In general the northern hemisphere gets what the southern hemisphere’s previous flu season was, so an "intelligent guess" is that the north will probably have a bad flu season
Everything you need to know about the flu, including if you can get a free jab
An explanation of who can be immunised against the flu for free in the UK and how the vaccination works, the flu strains it protects from, the potential side effects
Steve Brine praises HLPs and flu service in first pharmacy speech
In the UK, the pharmacy minister has praised healthy living pharmacies and the national flu service, while admitting the government has “not made best use of” pharmacy teams; he referenced the nearly one million flu vaccinations delivered by community pharmacy teams last winter, and said “more is hoped in that regard”
Burden of disease
NGO staff temporarily barred from Mae La refugee camp after H1N1 patient dies
A refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border is under a partial quarantine following an H1N1 patient’s death on August 31. Aid workers and NGO staff are not allowed to enter or exit the Mae La camp at the moment, according to an announcement from local Thai authorities
Congress demands Modi’s statement on infant deaths in BJP-ruled States
In India, alleging criminal negligence by the BJP state governments, the Congress demanded a statement from the Prime Minister over the deaths of children at hospitals and the deaths from swine flu and urged him to take action
H1N1 Has Killed 1,300 So Far This Year In India
With states witnessing an unprecedented spurt in H1N1 cases and over 1,300 succumbing to the virus so far this year, India seems to be in the grip of a major outbreak