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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 26th Sep 2017

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Flu is a tragic illness how can we get more people to vaccinate? Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than
Bill Gates hopes talk with Trump on vaccine programs was ‘enlightening’ Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he hopes his conversation with President Trump about vaccines was “enlightening”
FluBlok Quadrivalent comparable to IIV4 in young adults A comparison of recombinant and inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccines found that the two vaccines (Protein Sciences’ Flublok Quadrivalent and GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent) demonstrated similar immunogenicity, safety and tolerability among patients aged 18 to 49 years
Influenza - Sanofi Pasteur announced a new Quadrivalent flu vaccine Vaxigrip Tetra is available With the influenza season starting, Sanofi Pasteur has announced that a new quadrivalent flu vaccine (Vaxigrip Tetra) is available. Mario Merlo , General Manager Sanofi Pasteur Italy and Malta, said that the company was working on progressively converting the entire range of flu vaccines from trivalent to quadrivalent
Monthly visits to pharmacies hit 2m In Ireland, 78,939 people received our flu vaccination in a community pharmacy in the 2016/2017 season
Novartis’s new chief sets sights on ‘productivity revolution’ The incoming chief executive of Novartis, Vas Narasimhan, has vowed to slash drug development costs, eyeing savings of up to 25 per cent on multibillion-dollar clinical trials as part of a “productivity revolution”
Antiviral combo cuts flu virus shedding but not symptoms A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that a triple combination of antivirals reduced the number of days the influenza virus was shed from participants compared with treatment of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) alone but did not provide a clinical benefit to patients
An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness A new study suggests that older people who are in a good mood when they get the shot have a better immune response. British researchers followed 138 people ages 65 to 85 who got the 2014-15 vaccine. Using well-validated tests in the weeks before and after their shots, the scientists recorded mood, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, diet and other measures of psychological and physical health.
Flu survey finds 99% of patients would have their vaccination at a pharmacy again Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found
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Flu is a tragic illness how can we get more people to vaccinate?
Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than
Flu season should not be taken lightly — get vaccinated
It’s time to get flu shots. For people 65 years and older, two vaccines are available: a high-dose version that contains four time the amount of immune-response agent as a regular flu shot, and the Fluad vaccine aimed at boosting one’s immune response to vaccination
Pandemic Influenza News
Imperial flu-expert talks about pandemics and responding to outbreaks
Professor Steven Riley talks about flu pandemics and the work of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modelling, Imperial College London
Industry News
Bill Gates hopes talk with Trump on vaccine programs was ‘enlightening’
Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he hopes his conversation with President Trump about vaccines was “enlightening”
Influenza - Sanofi Pasteur announced a new Quadrivalent flu vaccine Vaxigrip Tetra is available
With the influenza season starting, Sanofi Pasteur has announced that a new quadrivalent flu vaccine (Vaxigrip Tetra) is available. Mario Merlo , General Manager Sanofi Pasteur Italy and Malta, said that the company was working on progressively converting the entire range of flu vaccines from trivalent to quadrivalent
FluBlok Quadrivalent comparable to IIV4 in young adults
A comparison of recombinant and inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccines found that the two vaccines (Protein Sciences’ Flublok Quadrivalent and GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent) demonstrated similar immunogenicity, safety and tolerability among patients aged 18 to 49 years
Monthly visits to pharmacies hit 2m
In Ireland, 78,939 people received our flu vaccination in a community pharmacy in the 2016/2017 season
Northern Beaches hospitals see 200% rise in people with flu
Northern Sydney Public Health Director Michael Staff said this year there were four strains of the flu virus, and he would not know how effective the flu vaccine had been until statistics were collated, but early data suggested the jab had been very efficient against three of the strains
Fears of Irish flu crisis as experts appeal for early vaccinations
An appeal has been issued for people to get a flu vaccine early this year. Hospitals across Ireland are bracing themselves for the worst after a heavy flu outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter
Novartis’s new chief sets sights on ‘productivity revolution’
The incoming chief executive of Novartis, Vas Narasimhan, has vowed to slash drug development costs, eyeing savings of up to 25 per cent on multibillion-dollar clinical trials as part of a “productivity revolution”
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals : RAPIVAB Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication
BioCryst announced that the U.S. FDA has approved a supplemental New Drug Application for RAPIVAB (peramivir injection), extending its availability for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza to pediatric patients 2 years and older who have been symptomatic for no more than two days
Research leads to better flu vaccine
FluGen’s lead vaccine, M2SR or RedeeFlu, tricks the body into believing it is infected without making you sick, by cutting a piece of the virus out so that it can enter your system but not multiply like a real virus would
Academic studies
Antiviral combo cuts flu virus shedding but not symptoms
A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that a triple combination of antivirals reduced the number of days the influenza virus was shed from participants compared with treatment of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) alone but did not provide a clinical benefit to patients
Pediatric influenza news
Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise
Last week a study was published that found an association between the flu vaccine and early-term miscarriage in some women. "These results are something we need to pay attention to and follow up on, but the overwhelming data supports the importance of vaccination," says Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities
Nearly half of at-risk children not vaccinated against flu
Nearly half of parents of children at risk of serious illness or death from the flu are failing to get them vaccinated against the virus. Figures from Public Health England reveal 35,689 two-to-four year olds considered at particular risk from flu due to existing health conditions went unvaccinated in 2016-17
Why we shouldn't get complacent about vaccinating our kids
As vaccination programmes are rolled out across Scotland, Daily Record columnist argues that the slightest swing away from mass immunisation could have serious consequences
Over 65’s influenza news
#GPnews: Good mood 'increases effect' of flu jab in older people, researchers claim
Being 'in a positive mood' on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect, according to findings by researchers at the University of Nottingham
An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness
A new study suggests that older people who are in a good mood when they get the shot have a better immune response. British researchers followed 138 people ages 65 to 85 who got the 2014-15 vaccine. Using well-validated tests in the weeks before and after their shots, the scientists recorded mood, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, diet and other measures of psychological and physical health.
General Influenza News
Flu survey finds 99% of patients would have their vaccination at a pharmacy again
Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found
Airedale Hospital staff to be vaccinated against flu
In the UK, hundreds of Airedale Hospital staff are to be vaccinated against flu. The move comes as NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens warns that hospitals should be prepared for a "more pressurised" flu season this winter
Dreaded Aussie flu heading towards Britain could kill as many people as the Hong Kong pandemic of 1968, public health expert warns
There are concerns the flu vaccine, made by WHO scientists, will prove to be ineffective in the UK as it will not match the H3N2 strain. Some health experts in Australia have blamed the severe outbreak on the vaccine not matching, with figures suggesting it to have performed poorly, potentially due to it having mutated. The vaccine used in the UK will be very similar
Pharmacists warn 'bad flu season ahead' and urge people to get vaccinated
Experts are predicting a particularly bad flu season this winter, so people are being urged to get themselves vaccinated as early as possible. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), Australia has already reported twice as many cases of the illness this year compared to last year
Swine flu detected at 2nd Maryland fair
For the second time in as many weeks, a Maryland fair is dealing with cases of swine flu. The Maryland Department of Agriculture issued a statement Sunday, saying tests showed 11 pigs from The Great Frederick Fair are infected with influenza A
Vaccine sceptics are becoming fewer and fewer
The new Italian vaccine law has had a first positive effect in that fewer families are refusing to have their children immunised, in order for them to attend school
10 things to know about this year's flu season
Three FDA-approved antiviral medications are recommended for use during the 2017-2018 flu season: oseltamivir (available in generic versions and under the trade name Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab)
Burden of disease
Deadliest epidemic 'for 50 years' heading for UK as Aussie flu outbreak continues
What has been dubbed as the most serious flu epidemic in 50 years could soon reach the UK, experts have warned. Australia is still recovering from the effects of the H3N2 flu strain, which has affected at least 100,000 people in the country so far this year
Flu season outlook: Hospitals already seeing influenza cases
Last year, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment officially started surveilling the virus on October 2. Health officials said 20 cases of the influenza virus have already been reported this year, double what it was this time last year, particularly impacting older people
Flu season starting early in Wisconsin
Eight influenza-related hospitalizations have occurred in Wisconsin since Sept. 1 and health officials are concerned a very active flu season in the Southern Hemisphere could be a predictor of a similar situation here