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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 4th Oct 2017

News Highlights
Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford
Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test 'universal' jab Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new "universal" vaccine against seasonal flu. Patients aged 65 or older and living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be invited to take part in the trial
Prevent influenza by getting flu shot In 2015, the U.S. FDA approved the use of a new seasonal flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older. The vaccine contains an adjuvant to create a stronger immune response to the vaccination: FLUAD, is available during the 2017-18 season
The cold facts: on tracking influenza outbreak Vaccination is the best weapon that India has against the flu, because Oseltamivir is of doubtful efficacy unless administered early enough. Yet, India has thus far stayed away from vaccinating even high-risk groups such as pregnant women and diabetics, because influenza is thought to be a more manageable public health challenge compared to mammoths such as tuberculosis
GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season Over two fifths of UK practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end of the 2016/17 season, with more than half of these saying they were left with bigger surplus stocks than the previous year, according to a poll of GP partners
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear For the second year in a row, the CDC is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, and that’s a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles; there is a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old, Afluria, administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
Quarterly Performance of GlaxoSmithKline’s Vaccines Segment European markets reported increased sales for GSK’s Fluarix and FluLaval from the influenza vaccines portfolio in the second quarter of 2017
Biotech vaccine for influenza season is available in Mexico In Mexico, trivalent Flublok has been authorised for sale and is suitable for most people as it does not contain egg. Flublok is authorised for ages 18+
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Prevent influenza by getting flu shot
In 2015, the U.S. FDA approved the use of a new seasonal flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older. The vaccine contains an adjuvant to create a stronger immune response to the vaccination: FLUAD, is available during the 2017-18 season
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear
For the second year in a row, the CDC is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, and that’s a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles; there is a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old, Afluria, administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
Pandemic Influenza News
South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Western Cape Plan to Respond to Avian Influenza Outbreak
Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province
Industry News
Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first
A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford
Quarterly Performance of GlaxoSmithKline’s Vaccines Segment
European markets reported increased sales for GSK’s Fluarix and FluLaval from the influenza vaccines portfolio in the second quarter of 2017
Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test 'universal' jab
Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new "universal" vaccine against seasonal flu. Patients aged 65 or older and living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be invited to take part in the trial
Second-Generation Rapid Influenza Test Clears FDA
The U.S. FDA has cleared for marketing the Alere i Influenza A & B 2 rapid molecular diagnostic test for use in children and adults. This is a "second-generation rapid molecular assay, which delivers lab accurate results in less time, with the ability to report a positive result in as little as 5 minutes," the company said
Biotech vaccine for influenza season is available in Mexico
In Mexico, trivalent Flublok has been authorised for sale and is suitable for most people as it does not contain egg. Flublok is authorised for ages 18+
Academic studies

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Pediatric influenza news
Children 'super spreaders' of influenza virus
Associate Professor Louis Irving, head of respiratory medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said this year was "by far" the worst flu season he had ever experienced. "I think this is telling us that we can't ignore influenza," he said.
More pupils than ever to get flu vaccine in school as health drive is extended
More school kids than ever before will be given the flu vaccine as the programme is extended. Despite what the name suggests, the children's form of the vaccination is a nasal spray rather than a jab and is given as the country gears up for winter
Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Launch of your own personalized Electronic vaccination card
In Hidalgo, Mexico, the new personalized electronic vaccination card is about to be launched and could help the area become one the best for least number of unvaccinated people
Magdeburg health authorities urge people to vaccinate now against flu (there were 22 fatalities from flu during the last flu season)
You should vaccinate now against flu as illness can kill you (there were 22 fatalities from flu during the last flu season in Magdeburg)
People over 60 should be vaccinated against the flu this autumn warn local health experts advice
People over 60 should be vaccinated against the flu this autumn warn local health experts advice
Influenza – get vaccinated now and avoid catching it this winter
Influenza – health authorities say get vaccinated now and avoid catching the flu this winter
Robert Koch Institute advises that it is now time for flu vaccination across Saxony
Robert Koch Institute advises readers that it is now time for flu vaccination across Saxony
The flu – vaccination is an act of prevention on behalf of everyone
In France, the flu vaccination campaign has begun and for certain at-risk groups, trivalent vaccines Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be free of charge
The cold facts: on tracking influenza outbreak
Vaccination is the best weapon that India has against the flu, because Oseltamivir is of doubtful efficacy unless administered early enough. Yet, India has thus far stayed away from vaccinating even high-risk groups such as pregnant women and diabetics, because influenza is thought to be a more manageable public health challenge compared to mammoths such as tuberculosis
GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season
Over two fifths of UK practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end of the 2016/17 season, with more than half of these saying they were left with bigger surplus stocks than the previous year, according to a poll of GP partners
Poll: Would you ask your doctor if they had gotten the flu vaccine?
Health Minister Simon Harris said that medical workers in Ireland are under an obligation to get the flu vaccine, and that patients have a right to ask their doctor or nurse whether or not they have received the vaccine themselves
Health workers urged to get flu vaccine Uptake not high enough
In Ireland, the HSE urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine as figures show that seasonal flu vaccine uptake rates amongst staff working in the health services last year were at the highest levels ever
HSE launches annual flu vaccine campaign for healthcare workers as uptake rates at highest levels ever
In Ireland, the HSE urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine as figures show that seasonal flu vaccine uptake rates amongst staff working in the health services last year were at the highest levels ever
Too early to make any conclusion on seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness, Sophia Chan says
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said it is too early to make any conclusion in terms of the seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness. The WHO had recommended last week trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza to contain a Singapore H3N2-like virus, but the 460,000 trivalent vaccines that Centre for Health Protection procured contain a Hong Kong H3N2-like virus
No significant antigenic changes detected in local circulating H3 strain
In response to press enquiries on the latest recommendations on seasonal influenza vaccination of the World Health Organization, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong pointed out that no significant antigenic changes had so far been detected in the local circulating influenza A(H3) virus strain
Burden of disease
Swine flu assumes serious proportions in Madhya Pradesh with 111 dead in 94 days
Swine flu has claimed 111 lives in little over three months in Madhya Pradesh, signalling that the H1NI influenza has become a serious health issue in the state
Health chief delivers reality check on flu season
Professor Brendan Murphy says one in three at-risk people have not taken advantage of the 4.5 million doses of free quadrivalent vaccine. This year’s flu season has seen high levels of influenza A (H3N2) as evidenced by the high numbers of deaths in nursing homes, he says. The Department of Health is exploring using more potent formulations of flu vaccine, such as Fluzone and Fluad for the elderly in future, but neither of these “enhanced” vaccines are yet registered for use in Australia.
Swine flu toll 12, drop in temperature may up risk
The death toll due to swine flu in Delhi has reached 12, as per the latest data released by the health ministry. The number of people affected by the viral influenza is 2,798. Doctors said that with fall in temperature, swine flu cases may rise further
Northern Idaho man dies from flu-related illness
Idaho's first influenza-related death of 2017 has occurred, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Influenza cases reported across South Carolina as flu season officially begins
Flu cases are already being reported across South Carolina. According to DHEC’s latest Flu Watch Report, there were 71 influenza cases reported from 16 counties across all four regions of South Carolina for the week ending Sept 23
NFID Medical Director Provides Snapshot of 2016-2017 Flu Season
William Schaffner, MD, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) and infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt, provided a brief overview of the past flu season (2016-2017), which he described as a “moderately severe season”