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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 28th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
What’s new with the flu Among the new recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season is that the trivalent formulation of Afluria is recommended for people 5 years and older (from 9 years and older) in order to match the Food and Drug Administration packaging
S. Korea steps up bird flu quarantine measures South Korea will step up quarantine measures against bird flu as a suspected case was reported in the country's southern region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry said an H7N7 strain of avian influenza was found in wild bird droppings
U.S. Poultry Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research The U.S. Poultry Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project (BRU007) in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down (VSD) as a humane depopulation method
Pandemic flu simulation drill In East Malaysia, a Pandemic Influenza Simulation Training was carried out by the District Health Office to improve the awareness level of medical personnel. District Health Epidemiology Officer Dr Sahrol Nizam Abu Bakar said that the simulation focused on Avian Influenza as it has been active in China and Hong Kong
InDevR licenses influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai for novel vaccine platform InDevR has licensed novel influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai Health System, and plans to incorporate the technology into its VaxArray Vaccine Potency platform, which aims to provide vaccine manufacturers with streamlined and cost-effective tools to modernize their production
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate
Inactivated H7 Influenza Virus Vaccines Protect Mice despite Inducing Only Low Levels of Neutralizing Antibodies Avian influenza viruses of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtype present a significant public health threat, as evidenced by the ongoing outbreak of human A(H7N9) infections in China. Vaccines against H7 avian influenza viruses may be more effective than HI and virus neutralization assays suggest, and such vaccines may need other methods for evaluation
Babies at greater risk of flu if they have older brothers or sisters, scientists warn Infants are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown, leading for calls for older siblings to be vaccinated. Babies and toddlers with one older sibling are more than twice as likely as only-children to be hospitalized with flu and three times more likely if they have more than one brother or sister
This Terrifying App Simulates What Would Happen If A Deadly Virus Swept Through The UK A new app is allowing scientists to conduct a nationwide citizen experiment that could save the UK from the deadly effects of a viral pandemic sweeping the nation. According to the UK government, a pandemic of flu could see up to 50% of the population experience debilitating symptoms, and as many as 750,000 fatalities in a short space of time
Seqirus mentions
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season
The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
Changes to available vaccines as influenza season begins
Alberta has purchased 1.6 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2017/18 season, enough to immunize 35 per cent of the population at a cost of $12.1 million.Only one type of influenza vaccine will be offered free of charge — Fluzone — as an injection. FLUAD will not be available except to seniors living in long-term care or supportive living
What’s new with the flu
Among the new recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season is that the trivalent formulation of Afluria is recommended for people 5 years and older (from 9 years and older) in order to match the Food and Drug Administration packaging
Pandemic Influenza News
S. Korea steps up bird flu quarantine measures
South Korea will step up quarantine measures against bird flu as a suspected case was reported in the country's southern region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry said an H7N7 strain of avian influenza was found in wild bird droppings
U.S. Poultry Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research
The U.S. Poultry Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project (BRU007) in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down (VSD) as a humane depopulation method
Pandemic flu simulation drill
In East Malaysia, a Pandemic Influenza Simulation Training was carried out by the District Health Office to improve the awareness level of medical personnel. District Health Epidemiology Officer Dr Sahrol Nizam Abu Bakar said that the simulation focused on Avian Influenza as it has been active in China and Hong Kong
InDevR licenses influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai for novel vaccine platform
InDevR has licensed novel influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai Health System, and plans to incorporate the technology into its VaxArray Vaccine Potency platform, which aims to provide vaccine manufacturers with streamlined and cost-effective tools to modernize their production
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate
Academic studies
Inactivated H7 Influenza Virus Vaccines Protect Mice despite Inducing Only Low Levels of Neutralizing Antibodies
Avian influenza viruses of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtype present a significant public health threat, as evidenced by the ongoing outbreak of human A(H7N9) infections in China. Vaccines against H7 avian influenza viruses may be more effective than HI and virus neutralization assays suggest, and such vaccines may need other methods for evaluation
Pediatric influenza news
Flu shots during pregnancy
A group of researchers recently reported an association between a pregnant woman getting the flu vaccine and having a miscarriage. The authors were clear that the study could not establish that flu shots cause miscarriage
Babies at greater risk of flu if they have older brothers or sisters, scientists warn
Infants are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown, leading for calls for older siblings to be vaccinated. Babies and toddlers with one older sibling are more than twice as likely as only-children to be hospitalized with flu and three times more likely if they have more than one brother or sister
Over 65’s influenza news
Influenza vaccine is vitally important for the chronically according to the Salzburger Medical Chamber of Pharmacists
Local health authorities in Salzburg recommend that older and chronically ill patients, as well as other at-risk groups, get immunised against the flu at their doctor’s practice, free of charge
General Influenza News
This Terrifying App Simulates What Would Happen If A Deadly Virus Swept Through The UK
A new app is allowing scientists to conduct a nationwide citizen experiment that could save the UK from the deadly effects of a viral pandemic sweeping the nation. According to the UK government, a pandemic of flu could see up to 50% of the population experience debilitating symptoms, and as many as 750,000 fatalities in a short space of time
Killer flu from Australia which left mum-of-two dead is heading for UK
A deadly Australian flu which has claimed the life of a mum-of-two is heading for the UK, experts have warned. The NHS is urging all eligible Brits to get a flu jab - some 21 million people - but they also admitted it is too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile
Workers protest hospital's mandatory flu shot policy
In Boston, a nurses union is suing Brigham and Women's Hospital for making flu shots mandatory. The policy requires all hospital workers be vaccinated for the flu annually
Flu vaccinations are powerless to stop this year's horror outbreak as experts reveal effectiveness of immunisations is less than 40% - and epidemic claims hundreds of lives
Flu vaccines are powerless at stopping the flu outbreak that swept Australia this winter. Scientists are concerned the flu vaccination has less than a 40% effectiveness rate. Alfred Hospital professor of infectious diseases epidemiology Allen Cheng said there are better vaccinations that could be brought to Australia if they are looked at 'more closely'
Our Unsung Defenders Against Disease
As we head into flu season, the associated challenges of dealing with the virus will highlight the importance of vaccination and pharmacists’ growing contribution to it. According to the CDC, pharmacists administered 6% of the total influenza vaccinations in the 2005-2006 flu season, a percentage that jumped to nearly 25% in the 2015-2016 season
Minnesota hospitals, nursing homes commit to preventing flu through FluSafe program
For the seventh year, hospitals and nursing homes across Minnesota have committed to preventing the spread of flu in their facilities by participating in the Minnesota Department of Health’s FluSafe program. Participating facilities are recognized for achieving high flu vaccination rates among their health care workers
PHCC launches flu vaccine campaign
In Qatar, the Primary Health Care Corporation announced the launch of a seasonal flu vaccine campaign in all primary healthcare centres and PHCC headquarters
Do vaccinations save money?
A U.S. study found that for every dollar spent on a vaccination, $44 would be saved if a vaccination programme for 10 diseases was to be implemented worldwide
Burden of disease
Influenza and pneumonia now 11th most common cause of death
The official death toll from this year’s flu season in Australia continues to rise, with the national surveillance agency alerted to 121 flu-related deaths so far this year, up from 72 at the beginning of the month. Confirmed cases of the flu have more than doubled so far this flu season, calling into question the effectiveness of the new quadrivalent vaccine
Nathan Brown, 19, on life support after contracting influenza A virus in worst flu season
Australia’s monster flu season is still wreaking havoc on young people, with a teenage boy from NSW the latest victim. More than 137,500 cases of flu have been reported so far this year including a record breaking 30,000 cases in August
Two confirmed cases of swine flu in humans at Frederick Memorial Hospital
Two pediatric patients were admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital this week with mild cases of swine influenza. On Sunday, the Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed that 11 pigs at a local fair were sick with a strain of influenza A
5 Maryland residents identified having form of swine flu, officials say
Five Maryland residents have been identified as having a form of the swine flu, Maryland Department of Health officials said. Officials said the five people, identified as having the influenza virus strain H3N2v, had close contact with pigs at the Anne Arundel County Fair and The Great Frederick Fair
Thousands are hit by virus flu strain not covered by vaccine
More than half the patients in western Sydney diagnosed with the influenza A virus have also been carrying the mutant strain of the virus. The mutated influenza A H3N2 strain was identified as responsible for most of the 300 elderly lives lost across the east coast even though it was included in this year’s flu vaccine. Experts have stressed the vaccine is important to reduce the spread of the killer strain
Myanmar swine flu outbreak kills 38: media
A total of 38 people out of some 400 patients contracting seasonal influenza A/H1N1-2009 across Myanmar have died so far since the outbreak of the disease on July 21, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported