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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 18th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Flu Season Is Around the Corner: What You Need to Know A round-up of flu related information for pharmacists, including which vaccines are indicated for which patients; Fluad and Fluzone High-Dose are indicated for patients 65 and older. However, this group may be vaccinated with standard dose vaccines
Adjuvanted vaccine could improve flu protection and slash GP workload Lead author of the ESWI study Dr James Mansi said: ‘Influenza in older adults is often particularly severe, due in part to their ageing immune systems which mean that vaccines don’t produce an optimal immune response. ‘These results predict that the immunisation of older adults with aTIV rather than a standard influenza vaccine would results in improved protection against influenza in the over-65s.
CSL’s vaccine wins FDA approval CSL has announced that Seqirus has received FDA approval of their influenza vaccine for people five years of age and older in the U.S. The FDA approved Afluria Quadrivalent, extending the company’s portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Liaoning The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of A(H7N9) was recorded in Liaoning, and urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene
FDA Clears First Generic Tamiflu for Oral Suspension The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu, Roche) for oral suspension 6 mg(base)/mL, made by Nesher Pharmaceuticals
Demand for swine flu vaccine grows With swine flu virus mutating and no longer being restricted to one season, city people in India are increasingly going in for vaccines. Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior medical officer, Civil Hospital, Khanna, said when it comes to including vaccines in the national immunisation programme they had to be cost effective keeping in mind the community at large, and there are no such plans at present
Swine flu may trigger Type-1 diabetes: Study People, especially children, infected with the H1N1 influenza may be at increased risk of diabetes, warns a recent study. The findings indicated that Norwegians aged 30 or younger, who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2009-2010 pandemic were twice as likely to go on to develop Type-1 Diabetes than the general population
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Adjuvanted vaccine could improve flu protection and slash GP workload
Lead author of the ESWI study Dr James Mansi said: ‘Influenza in older adults is often particularly severe, due in part to their ageing immune systems which mean that vaccines don’t produce an optimal immune response. ‘These results predict that the immunisation of older adults with aTIV rather than a standard influenza vaccine would results in improved protection against influenza in the over-65s.
CSL’s vaccine wins FDA approval
CSL has announced that Seqirus has received FDA approval of their influenza vaccine for people five years of age and older in the U.S. The FDA approved Afluria Quadrivalent, extending the company’s portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
Flu Season Is Around the Corner: What You Need to Know
A round-up of flu related information for pharmacists, including which vaccines are indicated for which patients; Fluad and Fluzone High-Dose are indicated for patients 65 and older. However, this group may be vaccinated with standard dose vaccines
Pandemic Influenza News
CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Liaoning
The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of A(H7N9) was recorded in Liaoning, and urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene
The evolving number of human cases of avian flu H7N9 in China
Roundup of the latest cases of human infection by A(H7N9) in China in August and September 2017
Industry News
FDA Clears First Generic Tamiflu for Oral Suspension
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu, Roche) for oral suspension 6 mg(base)/mL, made by Nesher Pharmaceuticals
The flu vaccine is already on its way to Utena
In September and October, the Utena Primary Health Care Center in Lithuania will receive 849 doses of Influvac. The Influvac vaccine for the 2017-2018 influenza season was purchased by public funds for the vaccination of at-risk groups
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
In Australia, a deadly strain of flu has killed 94 people in Victorian aged-care facilities so far this year, leading to calls for more frequent vaccination against the virus for those who are most vulnerable. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
Academic studies
Swine flu may trigger Type-1 diabetes: Study
People, especially children, infected with the H1N1 influenza may be at increased risk of diabetes, warns a recent study. The findings indicated that Norwegians aged 30 or younger, who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2009-2010 pandemic were twice as likely to go on to develop Type-1 Diabetes than the general population
Everybody needs to calm down about the flu vaccine link to miscarriage
As newspapers reported that researchers found a “hint of a possible link” between the flu vaccine and miscarriage, the author reminds us of the evidence pointing to the benefits of a flu shot for mothers and babies
Should Pregnant Women Be Wary of Getting the Flu Vaccine?
Researchers say they’ve discovered a potential association between the flu vaccine and miscarriage. But, the authors are adamant that their findings are still too preliminary to establish a causal link between the two
Pediatric influenza news
Flu vaccination in pregnancy also protects the baby
For years, it has been recommended that pregnant women get immunised against influenza. However, very few mothers take the vaccination, despite the fact the shot will protect them and their baby
You Are Probably Giving Your Kids the Flu Shot Much Later Than You Should
Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics include a new vaccination timetable for anyone with small children. "Since the start of the influenza season is unpredictable, immunization of all children 6 months and older should begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available," the recommendation states
Flu season: What you need know about vaccination and antiviral treatment
Advice from the AAP on vaccinating children against the flu and how to deal with a child who has caught the virus
Public Health England hopes flu vaccine for tots will help protect elderly
In the UK, children in reception and year 4 will be offered the flu vaccine in their primary school for the first time this autumn in an expansion of the programme designed to protect vulnerable members of the community, including the elderly. Public Health England hopes that immunising as many children as possible will be the best way to protect over-65s from illness
Over 65’s influenza news
Doctors in Germany’s north east region are strongly recommended flu vaccination for the coming season
In North-East Germany doctors are advising patients get immunised against the flu, in particular older people
Flu Jab: Is it useless for older people?
The annual flu jab can offer little or no protection against the virus in elderly people, research suggests. Figures indicate the £160million UK winter public health campaign may have been a waste of money for those over 65; the government’s Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation is discussing plans to abandon the jab for pensioners and replace it with something it hopes will be more effective
General Influenza News
How Much Is A Flu Shot Without Insurance? There Are Options
For Americans, the cost of healthcare can be a concern, but affordable flu shots are about as ubiquitous as they are necessary. Fluzone and Fluvirin are mentioned as affordable choices
Flu is deadly at any age, so take advantage of vaccination
In Australia, the Federal Health Minister is calling for compulsory vaccination of aged care workers after a spate of deaths in residential care. But flu can be deadly to any age group
Flu season: Reduce your risk with a shot
After a bad flu season in Australia, U.S. medical professionals are taking no chances. They recommend that Central Illinoisans get their flu shots as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to build up an immunity
Hopes for 40-bed 'patient hotel' as hospitals expect 'worst flu season' in years
Hospitals struggling with the winter trolley crisis risk being tipped over the edge if Ireland is hit with a virulent flu strain. The HSE is particularly concerned at the ongoing failure of so many health workers and people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine
Severe flu wave across Austria fears for this winter
The severe flu season in Australia could be an indication of what the northern hemisphere can expect soon, and in Austria, experts say vaccination rates need to go up as under 10% of Austrians get immunized against the flu
Whanganui doctors lead charge for flu vaccinations
In New Zealand, Whanganui District Health is urging people to get vaccinated against the flu. WDHB's infection prevention and control clinical nurse specialist Jacqueline Pennefather said the flu doesn't disappear in spring
Global health chief warns 'Whole Foods mums' over MMR vaccine
Complacency and anti-science sentiment in the developed world are putting at risk forms of protection that have saved millions of lives, according to Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Dr Berkley said he was becoming increasingly worried about the reversal of progress in the developed world
Call for flu awareness campaign
In Pakistan, Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Prof Ghiasun Nabi Tayyab stressed the need of raising public awareness about preventive measures to check the of H1N1influenza
Ireland could be about to face the 'worst flu season on record'
Irish hospitals are being warned to get ready for a potentially busy flu season. It follows a "heavy" outbreak of the H3N2 virus in Australia and New Zealand - with both countries currently recovering from their worst outbreaks on record
Demand for swine flu vaccine grows
With swine flu virus mutating and no longer being restricted to one season, city people in India are increasingly going in for vaccines. Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior medical officer, Civil Hospital, Khanna, said when it comes to including vaccines in the national immunisation programme they had to be cost effective keeping in mind the community at large, and there are no such plans at present
100 Years after the Lethal 1918 Flu Pandemic, We Are Still Vulnerable
One hundred years after the 1918 flu pandemic, we must reexamine our approach to influenza vaccines so we can avert a repeat of that worldwide catastrophe. The remarkable capacity of influenza viruses to undergo antigenic drift or shift to overcome and escape human population immunity leaves us vulnerable to a public health disaster potentially as serious as the 1918 pandemic. To meet this global health challenge, scientists are working to develop “universal influenza vaccines”
Bill Gates thinks an infectious disease outbreak could kill 30 million people at some point in the next decade — here’s how worried you should be
As Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in their "Goalkeepers" report, disease is the biggest public health threat the world faces in the next decade. And although Gates said that "you can be pretty hopeful there'll be big progress" on chronic disease, we are still unprepared to deal with the infectious variety. Gates has repeatedly stated that he sees a pandemic as the greatest immediate threat to humanity on the planet
Burden of disease
Swine flu cases cross 7,000-mark; 415 deaths
Amid the rosy claims of the Gujarat government of controlling the H1N1 infection, the state on Sunday recorded 62 new swine flu cases, taking the total number of cases to 7,005 in the state this year, and 415 deaths
As swine flu numbers soar by 17 times, how safe are you?
With H1N1 cases up 17 times this year as of September 10, the last date for which all-India data is available, physicians are saying annual vaccination is now a must for people at risk. “Getting vaccination annually reduces symptoms, shortens the duration of the illness and lowers doctors’ visits and flu-related hospitalisations,” says Dr Aggarwal
How many Kiwis are dying of flu and pneumonia?
There are far fewer New Zealanders dying of influenza and pneumonia than three decades ago, although the number of fatalities has begun to rise in recent years. Institute of Environmental Science and Research public health physician Jill Sherwood said the main strain of Influenza A, H3N2, was beginning to show signs of mutation
H1N1 influenza death toll reaches 14
In Nepal, the death toll from pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm 09 has reached 14 so far this year, according to Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Teku
CDC reports two cases of influenza in Kentucky
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older