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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 14th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Where Will the Next Pandemic Threat Come From? Public Health Watch Report On August 14, 2017, researchers from the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center provided an update on several infectious diseases it cited as the “top threats to public health” from 2012 to 2016, and what concerns they have regarding the threats posed by these diseases in the near term, including H5N1, but the report received little to no attention in the mainstream press
Seqirus Donates Influenza Vaccine for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas As hurricane recovery efforts continue in Texas, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has requested urgent support to help displaced residents fight the onset of influenza; Seqirus announced today that it is donating 22,500 doses of influenza vaccine to the Texas Department of State Health Services
Seasonal Influenza: Adjuvanted vaccines give more protection to adults over 65 than non-adjuvanted New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
Influenza vaccination rates in children decline when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended A study shows that influenza vaccination rates are lower when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not available. Vaccinated patients are less likely to be vaccinated in the next season when LAIV is unavailable
Influenza vaccine: no connection to VTE in older adults There is no evidence of increased risk for venous thromboembolism in the first 10 days after influenza vaccination in adults aged over 50 years, according to a study
Study signals association between flu vaccine, miscarriage A study published in Vaccine suggests a strong association between receiving repeated doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and miscarriage, although no causal link has been established. The authors said the study is an unexpected signal that calls for deeper investigation but doesn’t warrant changes to vaccine recommendations
H1N1: Myanmar’s undeclared emergency Myanmar’s H1N1 influenza outbreak has killed 36 people. The government maintained that the outbreak was merely seasonal but a lack of public faith in the government’s ability to handle it, coupled with the fact that Myanmar has had to rely on aid from India, the WHO and Turkey to contain the spread of the virus and administer vaccines, has created an atmosphere of alarm
Juncker: Europe supports mandatory vaccination, even in Italy The President of the European Commission in his speech on the State of the Union 2017 said that it is not acceptable to die in 2017 of an illnesses that had been eradicated, and that he supports compulsory vaccinations, including in Italy
Seqirus
Seqirus Donates Influenza Vaccine for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas
As hurricane recovery efforts continue in Texas, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has requested urgent support to help displaced residents fight the onset of influenza; Seqirus announced today that it is donating 22,500 doses of influenza vaccine to the Texas Department of State Health Services
Seasonal Influenza: Adjuvanted vaccines give more protection to adults over 65 than non-adjuvanted
New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
Pandemic Influenza News
Avian Influenza: UK now free of bird flu
The UK is free from Avian Influenza but the government has reiterated calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease as there is a "real and constant threat"
Smallholders face greater scrutiny following last Avian Flu outbreaks
The government is exploring more legislation for owners of small flocks of birds after confirming that five of the 13 confirmed cases of Avian Influenza between December 2016 to June 2017 were in flocks owned by smallholders.
Where Will the Next Pandemic Threat Come From? Public Health Watch Report
On August 14, 2017, researchers from the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center provided an update on several infectious diseases it cited as the “top threats to public health” from 2012 to 2016, and what concerns they have regarding the threats posed by these diseases in the near term, including H5N1, but the report received little to no attention in the mainstream press
IEC steps up work around avian influenza
The International Egg Commission (IEC) is providing a range of additional information on tackling avian influenza as part of its work to ensure members can tackle the disease
DA eyes changes in bird-flu protocol
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is keen on amending its avian-influenza protocol to ensure that measures to manage bird-flu outbreaks will not cause poultry growers to incur losses; Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the DA’s biosecurity experts are currently reviewing the AI protocol of South Korea and the European Union
Industry News
S-033188 Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 Study Results for Treatment of Influenza Presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza Conference
Results of a S-033188 Phase 3 study in influenza patients (CAPSTONE-1) were released at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza Conference. Additionally, Shionogi presented data on the nonclinical activity of this investigational drug against A/H7N9
BiondVax Announces Public Offering of American Depositary Shares
BiondVax, a company focused on developing and commercializing M-001, a universal flu vaccine candidate, today announced that it intends to offer for sale its American Depositary Shares, each representing forty of its ordinary shares which are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
This coming winter’s flu vaccine has been bought and has already arrived in Lithuania
In Lithuania, the Infectious Diseases and AIDS Center (ULAC) reports that Influvac, a vaccine for influenza season 2017-2018, was purchased and has already been delivered for at-risk patients vaccination
Vietnam's vaccine against influenza A / H5N1 is expected to hit the market in early 2018
Tran Xuan Hanh, deputy general director of Navetco Central Veterinary Drug Company, has mastered the technology of producing avian influenza vaccines and successfully produced them
Fluzone or Flulaval: What Does the CDC say?
This year, providers caring for children under the age of 3 years have two options for an approved flu vaccine: Fluzone and Flulaval. Dosing is different, however. For Fluzone, a child under age 3 should receive 0.25 cc and for Flulaval, 0.5 cc, which is the adult dose as well. Both vaccines have the same amount of antigen in a 0.5 cc dose. This means a toddler getting Flulaval gets twice the dose of antigen as compared to a child receiving Fluzone
Academic studies
Study signals association between flu vaccine, miscarriage
A study published in Vaccine suggests a strong association between receiving repeated doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and miscarriage, although no causal link has been established. The authors said the study is an unexpected signal that calls for deeper investigation but doesn’t warrant changes to vaccine recommendations
Influenza vaccination rates in children decline when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended
A study shows that influenza vaccination rates are lower when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not available. Vaccinated patients are less likely to be vaccinated in the next season when LAIV is unavailable
Influenza vaccine: no connection to VTE in older adults
There is no evidence of increased risk for venous thromboembolism in the first 10 days after influenza vaccination in adults aged over 50 years, according to a study
Pediatric influenza news
Northern beaches electorate has one of lowest vaccination rates in Australia
In Australia, a social media campaign has been launched encouraging northern beaches parents to vaccinate their children, amid fears there will be a tragedy if rates do not improve
Juncker: Europe supports mandatory vaccination, even in Italy
The President of the European Commission in his speech on the State of the Union 2017 said that it is not acceptable to die in 2017 of an illnesses that had been eradicated, and that he supports compulsory vaccinations, including in Italy
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General Influenza News
State Rep. Hagan supports eliminating flu vaccine requirements
A fight over flu vaccination requirements is pitting the state’s medical and business communities against conservative lawmakers, with Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, telling colleagues that mandating the annual shot “is an egregious violation of personal freedom”
A Warning About This Year’s Flu Season From The Land Down Under
The flu outbreaks in New Zealand and Australia are a useful warning for the U.S., and people should get immunised in time for the flu season
MINSA promotes the elimination of hatching mosquitoes and associated disease plus the promotion of vaccination against influenza
Panama Health Ministry recommends people get vaccinated against the flu as there are still 400,000 flu vaccine doses ready to be given for free
You should be afraid of the flu not the vaccination
Mexico Health Secretariat’s Head of Epidemiology explains that flu shots will be available from October for at-risk groups
Health care experts: Forget the spray, get the shot to fight the flu
The CDC found the nasal spray wasn’t effective in preventing the spread of the flu during the influenza seasons in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommended it not be used this season, which was the same recommendation last flu season
Get That Flu Shot, OPM Advises Federal Employees
Federal employees should be sure to get the annual flu shot and should check that they are up to date on their other vaccinations such as those for pneumonia, whooping cough and shingles, OPM has said
United Way, Partners Collaborate on Flu Prevention
FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the United Way are providing a series of community health clinic events at no-cost to make flu vaccination more accessible in underserved communities
Mutating flu strain too fast for vaccine
The flu hit Australia harder than it should have this year because the most common strain appears to have mutated since it was formulated into the vaccine, with Britain set to face the same problem. There are also concerns that vaccination rates are not high enough and more children should be offered free shots
New SGKK influenza vaccination regulations
SGKK influenza vaccination regulations altered from autumn – longer time period, in hands of GPs, greater flexibility
Winter flu warnings: Should I worry?
NHS bosses are warning people to be prepared for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters
The biggest myths about flu and the flu jab
A recap of the benefits of flu vaccinations and the myths that surround it, as explained by NHS Choices
What should I do if I feel the flu coming on?
The NHS offer a flu vaccine for individuals at high risk. This includes anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women, children and adults with underlying health conditions and those with weakened immune systems. Those eligible for a vaccine are advised to get it once a year during autumn
Burden of disease
H1N1: Myanmar’s undeclared emergency
Myanmar’s H1N1 influenza outbreak has killed 36 people. The government maintained that the outbreak was merely seasonal but a lack of public faith in the government’s ability to handle it, coupled with the fact that Myanmar has had to rely on aid from India, the WHO and Turkey to contain the spread of the virus and administer vaccines, has created an atmosphere of alarm
Surge of flu cases at University of Arizona may herald early influenza season
The UA has reported nearly 100 flu-like and confirmed influenza cases since students returned to school, and county health officials said it appears to be an early start to the flu season