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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 2nd Oct 2017

News Highlights
If you get the flu, this drug can save your life. Now it’s approved for your kids Rapivab was developed for the U.S. government with $235 million in federal funding, and is one of the critical drugs maintained in the Strategic National Stockpile to protect the public during pandemics and bio-terror attacks. The medication was approved this month for patients aged 2- to 18-years old by the U.S. FDA
RVC researchers find link to spread of avian flu in Asia A team of researchers has established a link between the use of free-grazing ducks to help farm the land in Vietnam and the spread of avian influenza within the country
New quadrivalent flu vaccine for the winter is here Sanofi’s VaxiGrip, a quadrivalent vaccine against the flu, is now available in Italy for the 2017/2018 flu season, taking protection from 3 to 4 strains
World of Birds in Cape Town hit by Bird Flu (H5N8) In South africa, Staff are pulling together after an outbreak of avian influenza at Africa's largest bird park situated in Cape Town. At least 62 cases of the deadly H5N8 influenza strain which include an outbreak among poultry and non-poultry animals have been reported throughout the country since June
Instituto Butantan starts producing flu vaccine In Brazil, the Butantan Institute, an agency linked to the State Department of Health and responsible for more than half of the vaccines produced in the country, has started producing the flu vaccine that will be used in the 2018 National Immunization Program
Researchers identify protein that could reduce death, improve symptoms in flu and other infections A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza. Scientists showed that a small protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) could potentially improve the symptoms and mortality associated with the flu
Simple strategy could lead to a “universal” flu vaccine At the Rockefeller University, a team based in Jeffrey V. Ravetch’s lab has devised a strategy for improving existing flu vaccines to better protect against these ever-mutating viruses. If successful, their work could translate into fewer flu shots
Artificial peptide molecules can inhibit AI virus strains Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research and Development say the development of broad-spectrum inhibitors, including some avian influenza strains, is extremely promising in the ongoing battle to prevent a global epidemic
CDC: Factors that Influence Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Pregnant Women, HCPs More than 78 percent of health care personnel and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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If you get the flu, this drug can save your life. Now it’s approved for your kids
Rapivab was developed for the U.S. government with $235 million in federal funding, and is one of the critical drugs maintained in the Strategic National Stockpile to protect the public during pandemics and bio-terror attacks. The medication was approved this month for patients aged 2- to 18-years old by the U.S. FDA
Pandemic Influenza News
WHO announces the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness
The development of candidate influenza vaccine viruses, coordinated by the World Health Organization, remains an essential component of the overall global strategy for pandemic preparedness
RVC researchers find link to spread of avian flu in Asia
A team of researchers has established a link between the use of free-grazing ducks to help farm the land in Vietnam and the spread of avian influenza within the country
World of Birds in Cape Town hit by Bird Flu (H5N8)
In South africa, Staff are pulling together after an outbreak of avian influenza at Africa's largest bird park situated in Cape Town. At least 62 cases of the deadly H5N8 influenza strain which include an outbreak among poultry and non-poultry animals have been reported throughout the country since June
H5N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak Reported in France
Dr Loic Evain has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Maine-et-Loire. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the outbreak was reported after presence of the H5N3 strain was confirmed
New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - There is a more resistant strain called H7N9 is in danger of spreading fast to humans
New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - discusses the fact that there is a more resistant strain called H7N9 which is in danger of spreading fast to humans
Industry News
New quadrivalent flu vaccine for the winter is here
Sanofi’s VaxiGrip, a quadrivalent vaccine against the flu, is now available in Italy for the 2017/2018 flu season, taking protection from 3 to 4 strains
Instituto Butantan starts producing flu vaccine
In Brazil, the Butantan Institute, an agency linked to the State Department of Health and responsible for more than half of the vaccines produced in the country, has started producing the flu vaccine that will be used in the 2018 National Immunization Program
No nasal flu vaccine again this year: FluMist not recommended for 2017
For the second consecutive year, the CDC is recommending against using a nasal flu vaccine. Last year's advisory meant most doctors and pharmacies didn't stock FluMist, a practice that's likely to occur again this year. FluMist didn't provide adequate protection against influenza
Armyworms Used to Make Flublok Influenza Vaccine
Currently, there is one influenza vaccine produced using recombinant technology that is approved by the FDA, Flublok. In 2013, trivalent Flublok was approved for use in adults between the ages of 18 to 49 years old. In 2016, the FDA further approved the quadrivalent vaccine for use in anyone over the age of 18
Academic studies
Researchers identify protein that could reduce death, improve symptoms in flu and other infections
A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza. Scientists showed that a small protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) could potentially improve the symptoms and mortality associated with the flu
Simple strategy could lead to a “universal” flu vaccine
At the Rockefeller University, a team based in Jeffrey V. Ravetch’s lab has devised a strategy for improving existing flu vaccines to better protect against these ever-mutating viruses. If successful, their work could translate into fewer flu shots
Artificial peptide molecules can inhibit AI virus strains
Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research and Development say the development of broad-spectrum inhibitors, including some avian influenza strains, is extremely promising in the ongoing battle to prevent a global epidemic
CDC: Factors that Influence Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Pregnant Women, HCPs
More than 78 percent of health care personnel and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Pediatric influenza news
Toddlers Are Getting Their Flu Shots, But The Vaccination Rate For Older Kids Is Falling Short
According to the CDC, toddlers are getting their flu shots, but the numbers start to drop off as kids get older: the number of younger kids getting their flu shots has gone up in the past year, though it's still only about half the population, but the vaccination rate for older kids is falling too short for comfort
An older sibling may pose flu risk to your babies, toddlers
A study warns that small children under two years of age, especially six months old, are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have an older sibling; babies and young children can be better protected if parents take up the opportunity to get older siblings vaccinated
Aussie flu warnings sparks debate if children should have the jab or spray
Tens of thousands of unvaccinated children on Merseyside are at risk of catching and passing on the flu, figures show. Even the majority of the children most at risk of serious illness or death from the flu have not been vaccinated. NHS officials say the nasal spray has an excellent safety record
Over 65’s influenza news
Officials urge influenza vaccination as coverage rates lag in some groups
HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, and other health officials are strongly urging all patients and health care providers to get vaccinated as influenza season approaches. Vaccination rates, they said, have been low among certain groups
Baden-Wurttemburg – the South West Pharmacists Association strongly recommends flu vaccination for elderly people
The flu outbreak in older people in Baden-Wurttemberg last year was more virulent than in the previous year. In the 2016/2017 season, the National Health Office registered around 7,000 cases for the over 60s, and it is recommended that elderly people get immunised as a precaution
The Amberg-Sulzbach Medical Association and the Health Office regard vaccination as the most important way for people to protect themselves against flu
The chairman of the Medical Association of Amberg-Sulzbach, Dr. Martin Pöllath, and the head of the Amberg health department, Dr. Roland Brey, are calling for people to receive the flu vaccine - in accordance with guidance by the Stiklik Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute
General Influenza News
Why Is It Important To Get A Flu Shot? Anyone Who’s Ever Had The Flu Can Tell You
This week, the CDC launched its annual campaign urging people to get their flu vaccines. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, even got his flu shot onstage at the National Press Club
Get your flu shots, health officials urge amid concerns about bad season
The Public Health Agency of Canada's first Fluwatch report of the 2017-18 season says flu activity remains at inter-seasonal levels across the country, and people are being urged to get vaccinated
Needle Phobia Keeps Many Americans From Getting A Flu Shot
Addressing needle fear is the driving force behind efforts to research other methods of delivering vaccines, including patches and sprays; but until a reliable alternative for flu vaccine hits the market, people are going to have to rely on psychological coping strategies
Doctors say flu season is starting earlier than usual
In various parts of the U.S., doctors are noticing that the flu season is starting early and recommending that people get immunised
With flu season approaching, vaccine can create ‘protective shield’ for families
With flu season just around the corner, health professionals are advising people to take preventative measures and receive a flu shot. In households with young or older people, it is important for all family members to receive the vaccine
Moms upset after UH nurse posts to Facebook about flu shots and autism
A recent Facebook post by a nurse at University Hospitals that quickly went viral seemed to link the flu vaccine to autism; the Hospital released a statement reaffirming that major studies show no link between vaccines and autism
Officials highlight flu vaccination gaps, progress ahead of season
In an annual event to build support for flu vaccination and take stock of the nation's uptake trends, federal officials said that vaccination rates rebounded slightly last season, led by better coverage in adults over age 50, but immunization reached only 46.8% of the population
Dangerous anti-vaccine tweets have spiked—from rich people in just 5 states
The volume of dangerous tweets falsely linking life-saving vaccines to autism spiked dramatically in recent years, indicating the amplifying voices of very specific demographics: people from affluent, largely populated areas in five U.S. states. The study’s authors say the rise is worrying, but keeping an eye on social media may help shush the misinformation at its source
Mother who refuses to follow court order to vaccinate son most likely to be going to jail
A Michigan woman said she will “most likely” go to jail this week if she refuses a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. And Rebecca Bredow, it seems, is willing to take that risk because of her religious beliefs
IMSS launching flu vaccination campaign
In Aguascalientes, Mexico, the health authorities are launching a flu vaccination campaign to try and reach as many people as possible by the end of the year. The vaccine is not compulsory
Kaunas is ready with flu vaccination to protect people against the coming season
Kaunas (in Latvia) is ready with flu vaccination to protect people against the coming season
How Not to Make a Documentary About Vaccines
A new documentary focusing on Andrew Wakefield fails to give a clear and accurate picture of vaccines, and just adds confusion to a topic that deserves to be treated much more precisely
Flu jab uptake falls in Scotland amid warnings over 'deadly' Australian strain
In Scotland, new figures show that the uptake of the flu vaccine has dipped in nearly all at risk groups, including the over-65s, pregnant women and individuals with underlying health conditions which make them more vulnerable to the virus
In the next few weeks the city of Hidalgo plans to set up a new electronic vaccination card campaign
In the next few weeks city of Hidalgo plans to set up a new electronic vaccination card campaign
AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccine This Season
The AAFP signed on to a CDC letter to be distributed nationwide to health care professionals, including family physicians, asking for help in promoting the influenza vaccine for the 2017-18 flu season. An additional CDC letter that the AAFP signed on to focuses specifically on flu vaccines for pregnant patients
Influenza A (H3N2v): Maryland case count rises
In a follow-up on the situation in Maryland with the influenza virus strain H3N2v (variant flu) linked to exposure to swine, The Maryland Department of Health now puts the case tally at 37 presumptive positive and confirmed cases (including 2 hospitalizations)
Government gives free flu vaccines to eligible people
The CDC in Taiwan announced the availability of this year’s government-funded flu vaccines, urging eligible people to be vaccinated as soon as possible. The CDC purchased 6 million vaccines for this flu season, hoping to achieve a national coverage rate of at least 25 percent
Flu Season 2017: CDC Reveals the Best Time to Get Your Shot
As the flu vaccine takes two weeks to protect its recipient—and three weeks is more effective—health officials and the public need to stay ahead of the virus. The CDC bases its recommendations on when flu infections are likely to become common, this year recommending people aim to get the vaccine by the end of October
Burden of disease
Delaware flu case likely related to contact with pigs at county fair in Maryland
The Delaware Division of Public Health announced the state's first laboratory-confirmed case of H3N2v in a female Sussex County resident under age 18, who had close contact with pigs at a county fair in Maryland. The case is mild and the individual is recovering
Almost 2,000 people test positive for swine flu in September
In Rajasthan, September remained the worst month this year as 126 persons died while 1,841 persons tested positive for swine flu. It is the worst outbreak of swine flu since 2015, when 472 deaths were reported due to the disease
Mutant H1N1 strain causes swine flu in summer
Health officials are studying a new strain of H1N1 virus capable of infecting people during the summer months. The state health department has identified a gene mutation in H1N1 which is causing the outbreak earlier than usual
New deadly virus in Poland, could it kill tens of thousands? (H3N2)
New deadly virus in Poland, could it kill tens of thousands? (H3N2)
Officials urge influenza vaccination as Colorado sees early uptick in hospitalizations
An early uptick in flu hospitalizations in Colorado has state health officials concerned. Twenty people in the state have been hospitalized with flu since Aug. 1, which about double the number of cases Colorado usually sees this time of year. Health officials are urging Coloradans ages 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine
NSW teenager 'dies of flu complications' after coma
A teenager from the NSW Hunter region has reportedly died after he was placed into a medically induced coma following complications from the flu. So far 93,413 cases of the flu have been reported in NSW alone in 2017, compared to a total of 35,537 in 2016