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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 22nd Sep 2017

News Highlights
Vigilance cautioned for administering flu vaccinations to children The GP Roundtable has reported to the AMA that there have been a number of cases of Seqirus Afluria Quad being incorrectly administered to children under five years of age. GPs are reminded to be vigilant in their administration of flu vaccines to children. It is important for medical professionals to check they are administering the correct prescription and vaccine. This includes checking that the pharmacist has supplied the correct vaccine and that no mix-ups have occurred before administering the vaccine.
Western Cape department dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu The Western Cape Agriculture Department is dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu in the province. And by the end of this week, about two million chickens and ducks would have been culled as a result of the outbreaks
BioCryst’s RAPIVAB (peramivir injection) Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication BioCryst clinched approval from the U.S. FDA for its supplemental new drug application for Rapivab (peramivir injection). The approval marks "the first new influenza antiviral for pediatric use in over 10 years," said BioCryst president and CEO Jon P. Stonehouse
US Health Department partners with Janssen Research & Development to develop new flu vaccines A new public-private partnership between the federal government and Janssen Research & Development LLC seeks to jointly innovate new products in the constantly evolving battle against influenza.
SLU Tests New Stronger Flu Vaccine St. Louis University researchers begin a new study on a high dose flu vaccine given to the elderly. Dr. Sharon Frey says they’ll be testing the ‘quadrivalent version’ of the flu vaccine for safety and efficacy in volunteers over the age of 65
High-dose flu vaccine could protect middle-aged adults with chronic conditions Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Why is Switzerland one of the wealthiest nations in the world running out of vaccines? It’s one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to change their basic practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and what’s being done about it?
Flu epidemic hits Guam, Public Health says The Department of Public Health of Guam announced the onset of a Type A influenza epidemic on the island, and people are being advised to get immunised against the virus
Accurate data essential in confronting flu epidemics In the midst of the flu epidemic that has killed scores of Australians, Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised important questions about the management of the outbreak in Victoria. With another 12 weeks of the flu season to go, medical authorities also face hard questions about the efficacy of this year’s flu injection
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Vigilance cautioned for administering flu vaccinations to children
The GP Roundtable has reported to the AMA that there have been a number of cases of Seqirus Afluria Quad being incorrectly administered to children under five years of age. GPs are reminded to be vigilant in their administration of flu vaccines to children. It is important for medical professionals to check they are administering the correct prescription and vaccine. This includes checking that the pharmacist has supplied the correct vaccine and that no mix-ups have occurred before administering the vaccine.
Pandemic Influenza News
American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control
American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control
Western Cape department dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu
The Western Cape Agriculture Department is dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu in the province. And by the end of this week, about two million chickens and ducks would have been culled as a result of the outbreaks
Industry News
Billionaires Are Gobbling Up This Beaten-Down Biotech Stock: Should You?
If Novavax can somehow change the trajectory of its RSV program, its stock could rise fast, but no deep-pocketed partner has yet stepped forward to offer Novavax a much-needed lifeline, which seems to reflect the industry's dire view of the vaccine's prospects moving forward
US Health Department partners with Janssen Research & Development to develop new flu vaccines
A new public-private partnership between the federal government and Janssen Research & Development LLC seeks to jointly innovate new products in the constantly evolving battle against influenza.
BioCryst’s RAPIVAB (peramivir injection) Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication
BioCryst clinched approval from the U.S. FDA for its supplemental new drug application for Rapivab (peramivir injection). The approval marks "the first new influenza antiviral for pediatric use in over 10 years," said BioCryst president and CEO Jon P. Stonehouse
Combination vaccines expand range of prevention
Combination vaccines, which can prevent more viruses with fewer injections, have recently come to the market one after the other.
Academic studies
A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick
Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A
SLU Tests New Stronger Flu Vaccine
St. Louis University researchers begin a new study on a high dose flu vaccine given to the elderly. Dr. Sharon Frey says they’ll be testing the ‘quadrivalent version’ of the flu vaccine for safety and efficacy in volunteers over the age of 65
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news
High-dose flu vaccine could protect middle-aged adults with chronic conditions
Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
General Influenza News
Why is Switzerland one of the wealthiest nations in the world running out of vaccines?
It’s one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to change their basic practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and what’s being done about it?
Polish officials give each other flu shots, encourage public to vaccinate
Poland’s Senate Speaker and health minister have inoculated each other against flu in front of the cameras in an effort to promote vaccination among the public
With the launch of a vaccination campaign Diresa hopes to avert the spread of H3N2
In Piura, Peru, a flu vaccination campaign has begun after two cases of H3N2 were discovered
Call for the population to get free flu vaccinations
Panama Health Ministry is relaunching its flu vaccination campaign as it still has 500,000 doses available for free
Flu season: What to know about the (sometimes) deadly virus
The CDC recommends people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Flu vaccines manufacturers anticipated they'd make between 151 million and 166 million vaccine doses for the 2017-18 flu season, according to the CDC
Flu Vaccines Best Protection
A flu pandemic was most likely to emerge in another country and give Australia some lead time to respond, Tasmania’s director of public health Dr Mark Veitch said. Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Tasmanian president John Dowling said in the two years pharmacists could administer flu vaccines it increased the state’s coverage
Burden of disease
Flu epidemic hits Guam, Public Health says
The Department of Public Health of Guam announced the onset of a Type A influenza epidemic on the island, and people are being advised to get immunised against the virus
Accurate data essential in confronting flu epidemics
In the midst of the flu epidemic that has killed scores of Australians, Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised important questions about the management of the outbreak in Victoria. With another 12 weeks of the flu season to go, medical authorities also face hard questions about the efficacy of this year’s flu injection
Fatal flu warning ‘lost in bureaucratic mix-up’
An outbreak of influenza A that killed eight residents at a nursing home in regional Victoria was overlooked by Canberra for almost three weeks because the state government notified the wrong federal agency
Scores of nursing home residents battling influenza
About 55 residents of two South Australian nursing homes in Mount Gambier are battling influenza, as staff express disbelief at how quickly the virus has spread through the facilities
MD Department of Health finds swine flu in seven people
The Maryland Department of Health determined seven people have contracted the influenza virus strain H3N2v (variant flu) after contact with swine at the Charles County Fair, but none of the illnesses are considered serious and not one of the victims have been hospitalized