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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 7th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Idyll Respiratory (IFV-RSV) Panel receives 510(k) clearance by US FDA Biocartis announced that its Idylla Respiratory Panel has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Janssen Diagnostics, the respiratory panel detects various strains of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus
Gavi’s vaccine program to save 20M lives, $350B by 2020: study According to a study on Gavi’s work, societies can achieve greater savings through vaccination against H. influenzae type b, HPV, measles and pneumococcus than the other diseases evaluated. Protection against the flu virus, hep B and pneumococcus together will contribute over half of the total $820 billion economic and social value of vaccination during the 20-year period
Irvine firm's £1.3 million expansion to help lead fight against Alzheimer’s disease The £1.3 million expansion of Merck in Irvine will help lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease; the facility, which produces materials for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, flu, diabetes and dementia medicines, currently supports 170 jobs
Review of protocols on handling bird flu urged In the Philippines, the United Broilers Raisers Association has called on government agencies to review current protocols on handling bird flu cases in the wake of the recent bout with an avian influenza outbreak in three towns in central Luzon
Certara paper shows viral kinetic modelling grows flu knowledge, advances drug development Certara announced that its comprehensive influenza viral kinetic modelling review has just been published in Current Pharmacology Reports
Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff In Australia, there is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed
Tamiflu supplies running dry as flu epidemic tightens its grip on the nation The flu epidemic gripping Australia has led to a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu. A Federal Department of Health spokeswoman said the "temporary" shortfall affected all Tamiflu products
Busiest flu season on record: Queensland ambulances This year's flu season has been the busiest on record for the Queensland Ambulance Service, with desk workers forced to go on the road to cope with demand; QAS medical director Stephen Rashford said paramedics across the state had experienced a "surge of 20 per cent" in recent weeks
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Pandemic Influenza News
UK chief vets: Prepare for winter bird flu threat
UK chief vets have stressed the need for poultry keepers to remain vigilant to the threat of bird flu and take action now to reduce their disease risk
Review of protocols on handling bird flu urged
In the Philippines, the United Broilers Raisers Association has called on government agencies to review current protocols on handling bird flu cases in the wake of the recent bout with an avian influenza outbreak in three towns in central Luzon
New case of H7N9 human avian flu infection in China
Chinese health authorities notified the WHO of a H7N9 avian flu case in China involving a 58 year old man in the province of Fujia. He was hospitalized on 29th July, diagnosed with severe pneumonia. To date a total of 1588 cases of H7N9 human infection have been confirmed by health labs since the beginning of 2013
Chinese experts laud Pampanga’s fast action vs bird flu
Chinese experts lauded the efforts of the provincial government in response to the avian influenza that struck the poultry industry in San Luis town in the Philippines last August
Industry News
Irvine firm's £1.3 million expansion to help lead fight against Alzheimer’s disease
The £1.3 million expansion of Merck in Irvine will help lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease; the facility, which produces materials for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, flu, diabetes and dementia medicines, currently supports 170 jobs
Idyll Respiratory (IFV-RSV) Panel receives 510(k) clearance by US FDA
Biocartis announced that its Idylla Respiratory Panel has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Janssen Diagnostics, the respiratory panel detects various strains of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus
Tamiflu supplies running dry as flu epidemic tightens its grip on the nation
The flu epidemic gripping Australia has led to a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu. A Federal Department of Health spokeswoman said the "temporary" shortfall affected all Tamiflu products
Academic studies
Gavi’s vaccine program to save 20M lives, $350B by 2020: study
According to a study on Gavi’s work, societies can achieve greater savings through vaccination against H. influenzae type b, HPV, measles and pneumococcus than the other diseases evaluated. Protection against the flu virus, hep B and pneumococcus together will contribute over half of the total $820 billion economic and social value of vaccination during the 20-year period
Certara paper shows viral kinetic modelling grows flu knowledge, advances drug development
Certara announced that its comprehensive influenza viral kinetic modelling review has just been published in Current Pharmacology Reports
Rapid tests linked to quicker and more accurate results for influenza diagnosis than traditional tests
Compared to traditional rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs), digital immunoassays (DIAs), and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) had significantly higher sensitivities for influenza A and B in both adults and children, with specificities that were equally high
Pediatric influenza news
AAP: Flu Vaccine 6 Months-and-Up Recommended
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the flu vaccine for kids six months and older to prevent severe illness, even death, during the upcoming flu season; the public recommendation came after more than 100 children died during the 2016-17 flu season, with 80 percent of those not receiving the flu vaccine
Over 65’s influenza news
Vaccination for the elderly – call out for them to be immunized but doubts about discount agreements over charging
Older people have an increased risk of serious flu complications; researchers advise that the over 65s should receive adjuvanted vaccines or, in the future, vaccines with a higher antigen content
Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff
In Australia, there is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed
General Influenza News
Is It Safe to Get Vaccines When You’re Pregnant?
Certain vaccines are recommended during pregnancy: the Tdap vaccine as well as the flu shot. You can get the flu shot during any trimester or before pregnancy, depending on whether it’s flu season when you’re expecting
Severe flu season anticipated for Europe, US
Public health experts have urged "everyone older than six months" to receive a flu vaccine. Australia has witnessed a severe flu season and one particularly virulent strain, prompting fears in Europe and the US
Flu forecast predicts big flu season ahead
Just how flu season will affect the United States is often determined by watching what’s happening in Australia and in the southern hemisphere. They are experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks they've ever had. The severity is due in part to a lack of people getting their flu shots
How To Plan A Flu Shot Clinic For Your Employees
According to the CDC, flu costs the U.S. approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults, and an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent a flu outbreak. Not only will an onsite flu shot clinic save company dollars, it will also decrease absenteeism and loss of employee productivity caused by the illness
CMU is the world's best at predicting influenza activity
For three years now, the systems developed by the Delphi group in CMU’s School of Computer Science have predicted national influenza activity levels better than the other submissions. In the past year, CMU’s individual systems even did better than an ensemble prediction — one involving all 28 systems combined
Burden of disease
Busiest flu season on record: Queensland ambulances
This year's flu season has been the busiest on record for the Queensland Ambulance Service, with desk workers forced to go on the road to cope with demand; QAS medical director Stephen Rashford said paramedics across the state had experienced a "surge of 20 per cent" in recent weeks
Swine flu cases rise 14-fold in a yr
According to the Union Health Ministry data, 25,864 cases of H1N1 were reported across India till August 27 this year, a massive increase of over 14 times, in comparison to only 1,786 cases in 2016
Australia's killer flu virus mutates
A highly-mutating and fast evolving strain of the flu has killed at least 73 people in Australia in 2017 but that figure is likely to be much higher, according to the Department of Health