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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 15th Sep 2017

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Children 6-24 Months Hospitalized Less After Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine A new Phase III study showed significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who received adjuvanted influenza vaccine (aQIV). The study was led by Dr. Vesikari and sponsored by Seqirus during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 influenza seasons
Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S. Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
New vaccine could reduce GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 a year A new type of flu vaccine could save thousands of lives and reduce the number of GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 per year in the UK, according to new research. The new vaccine, Fluad, uses an adjuvant to help the body produce a stronger immune response against flu when administered
Simulation to ensure flu pandemic readiness Indonesia is set to conduct a two-day influenza pandemic simulation this month in certain areas of Jakarta’s neighbouring province of Banten in a bid to ensure preparedness for such a situation, if it were to arise in the future
It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research Ebola virus, a pandemic strain of flu – if these pathogens could be turned into bioweapons by terrorists or rogue nation states, they would threaten humanity; information that might aid that weaponisation process is in danger of leaking out, says the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Rare immune cells target of $2.7m grant to help stop influenza University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans
NSW passes childcare vaccination law In Australia, unvaccinated children will be banned from NSW childcare facilities from January after state parliament passed legislation
2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination The American Academy of Pediatrics released its 2017–2018 updated recommendations for the routine use of the seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children, with a strong recommendation for annual seasonal flu immunization for everyone 6 months and older
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Children 6-24 Months Hospitalized Less After Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine
A new Phase III study showed significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who received adjuvanted influenza vaccine (aQIV). The study was led by Dr. Vesikari and sponsored by Seqirus during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 influenza seasons
Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S.
Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
New vaccine could reduce GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 a year
A new type of flu vaccine could save thousands of lives and reduce the number of GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 per year in the UK, according to new research. The new vaccine, Fluad, uses an adjuvant to help the body produce a stronger immune response against flu when administered
Pandemic Influenza News
Bird flu detected in Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has confirmed the presence of Bird flu in the province
Simulation to ensure flu pandemic readiness
Indonesia is set to conduct a two-day influenza pandemic simulation this month in certain areas of Jakarta’s neighbouring province of Banten in a bid to ensure preparedness for such a situation, if it were to arise in the future
It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research
Ebola virus, a pandemic strain of flu – if these pathogens could be turned into bioweapons by terrorists or rogue nation states, they would threaten humanity; information that might aid that weaponisation process is in danger of leaking out, says the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Academic studies
Rare immune cells target of $2.7m grant to help stop influenza
University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans
The new all in one 'super injection' that delivers several doses of drug all at the same time
A super injection has been invented which can deliver several doses of a drug at once. The single jab offers hope for people who are scared of needles, and works using tiny capsules programmed to break down at different times, releasing drugs into the body weeks after being injected
Could swine flu be linked to Type 1 diabetes?
Young people who’ve been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009 (pandemic H1N1) and June 2014. People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes than those who did not get the flu
Puzzling study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
A study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu
Mailing a Letter to Increase Vaccination Rates?
Researchers from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy have published a study that examines pharmacist-initiated interventions that increase the likelihood that patients with asthma or COPD receive a flu vaccine; they showed that using a standard mailed letter may help improve vaccination rates
Pediatric influenza news
2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination
The American Academy of Pediatrics released its 2017–2018 updated recommendations for the routine use of the seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children, with a strong recommendation for annual seasonal flu immunization for everyone 6 months and older
NSW passes childcare vaccination law
In Australia, unvaccinated children will be banned from NSW childcare facilities from January after state parliament passed legislation
Your child needs a flu shot sooner than you think, according to new report
Flu season is almost here, and experts say it’s best to make sure children are vaccinated by the end of October, or as soon as the flu shot is available. According to Dr. Frank Esper, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, many parents think that their child doesn’t need to get a flu shot every year
Over 65’s influenza news
Manitoba to Offer Flu Shots in Personal Care Homes
Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to residents of personal care homes, Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced
General Influenza News
Low Vaccination Take-Up Rate In MidWest’s Main Hospitals
Two of the MidWest’s main hospitals have registered some of the lowest take-up rates of the flu vaccine this past winter. Management within the hospitals group admits the figures are disappointing, even if there has been an increase
Flu jab warning: NHS warns of MAJOR outbreak - getting vaccinated could be life-saving
A particularly bad flu season is being predicted for this winter in the UK, making getting vaccinated particularly important
Banned: Anti-vax GP's career appears to be over
In Australia, anti-vaccination GP John Piesse's career appears to be over after the national medical board banned him from practising
Monster flu outbreak on the way?
The flu virus traditionally travels from East to West ; judging from the negative experiences of Australia and New Zealand, healthcare authorities are bracing for the worst outbreak in a long time
Flu vaccines to arrive at the end of September
In Mexico, the state Health Secretary announced that flu vaccines would be arriving in Queretaro at the end of September, ready for the new flu season immunisations
The UK is about to face one of its worst flu epidemics – and there’s no NHS money to prepare for it. The Government can’t say it wasn’t warned
Dr Kailash Chand OBE, former deputy chair of the BMA council and honorary vice president of the BMA, writes in favour of giving the NHS further resources so that it can deal with a well predicted serious flu epidemic this winter
Harnessing innovation in public health
H1N1 influenza vaccine uptake rates during the 2009 pandemic, for instance, although higher in Singapore than some other countries, were far from ideal. Recent research has documented routine influenza vaccine rates in Singapore at only 15 per cent among older adults for whom the vaccine is specifically recommended
Bad flu season in Australia could be headed for U.S.
U.S. doctors are bracing for another severe flu season as a high number of infections in Australia this summer could signal a wave of illness reaching the U.S. when temperatures drop
Bad winter warnings spark call for nurses to have flu jab
In the UK, vaccinating as many healthcare staff as possible against influenza early in the season will be important if the health service is to cope with the predicted bad winter, infection control nurses have warned
Health care workers urged to get flu shots
U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get an annual flu vaccine, but they are paying special attention to health care workers and others who spend a lot of time with people who may be ill
Fears of flu outbreak prompts vaccine call from HSE
In Ireland, the Health Service Executive has warned staff to prepare for the possibility of a heavy flu season, following reports of a surge in cases in Australia and New Zealand. The HSE is calling on vulnerable groups to get the flu vaccine, though there is uncertainty about how effective this year’s formulation will be
Flu vaccine bill needs more work, Ohio House speaker says
In Ohio, the House speaker is tapping the brakes on a bill that would largely prohibit hospitals and other employers from requiring workers to get a flu vaccine. The bill passed out of committee Tuesday, despite opposition from every major state health-care association and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Burden of disease
Flu hits more than 155,000 Australians as it 'mutates'
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, experts say. More than 155,000 laboratory-confirmed cases have been recorded in the country this year, already 70 per cent more than the entire flu season last year
H1N1 fatality now ‘very low’
In Myanmar, the Ministry of Health and Sports announced that deaths from H1N1 seasonal influenza are now "very low". From September 1 to 13, only one patient died from swine flu, according to the ministry
Flu Season Is Gearing Up With Confirmed Cases Already in Maine
Fall is just around the corner and the dreaded flu season is here, with cases already confirmed in Maine. Health care professionals are already urging people to get a flu shot this year
Swine flu deaths: Govt forms panel to review guidelines on vaccination
The Indian government has constituted a committee to identify areas most-hit by swine flu as it seeks to review its guidelines on seasonal influenza vaccination (H1N1) and redefine categories to be vaccinated on priority basis, a health ministry official said