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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 5th Oct 2017

News Highlights
BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017 BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
H5N8 virus still present in northern Italy In northern Italy, 9 new H5N8 outbreaks were reported in September
Atriva captures $3.5m seed funding German biotech Atriva has received $3.5m to fund clinical development and proof of concept for its lead candidate targeting influenza by 2018 and 2019
Flu vaccines still useful despite mismatch with WHO recommendations, Hong Kong experts say Hong Kong health chiefs and local doctors said that the city’s flu vaccinations should still be effective, despite the shots containing a different strain to the one most recently recommended by the global health watchdog
Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage In Australia, a national approach to pharmacist-administered vaccines could help boost immunisation rates, one pharmacy academic says; the University of Sydney’s Professor Peter Carroll, with colleague Jane Hanrahan investigated how influenza vaccines administered by pharmacists played out in the community setting
Michigan mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son A mother in the U.S. state of Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated
Vaccination campaign to fight flu begins Friday Seasonal flu vaccines will be available in French pharmacies from 6th October, and at-risk groups are being invited to get their shot for free; only Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be reimbursed by social security
Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic The authors discuss the three options available to prepare against a flu epidemic: vaccination, antivirals, and hygiene interventions. They believe that ‘most attention is focused on vaccination, which is curious, because its effectiveness is disappointing’
Seqirus mentions
BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
‘Miserable’ flu season expected
Flu patients sometimes need treatment with prescription medications called anti-viral drugs, including Tamiflu, Rapivab or Relenza, which work best when taken within 48 hours of the start of the flu symptoms
Pandemic Influenza News
H5N8 virus still present in northern Italy
In northern Italy, 9 new H5N8 outbreaks were reported in September
Industry News
Atriva captures $3.5m seed funding
German biotech Atriva has received $3.5m to fund clinical development and proof of concept for its lead candidate targeting influenza by 2018 and 2019
New universal flu jab being trialled
The world's first widespread human testing of a flu vaccine which researchers hope will protect more over 65-year-olds against influenza has begun in the NHS. More than 10,000 people aged 65 and over will be asked to take part in a study delivered by the University of Oxford
Trade body touts accomplishments of Australian biotech sector
AusBiotech has released its annual report, showcasing the accomplishments of the Australian biopharmaceutical sector and lobbying for the preservation of tax incentives for research and development. While the biotech sector is led by CSL, smaller companies have been noted for significant growth potential
Flu vaccines still useful despite mismatch with WHO recommendations, Hong Kong experts say
Hong Kong health chiefs and local doctors said that the city’s flu vaccinations should still be effective, despite the shots containing a different strain to the one most recently recommended by the global health watchdog
Academic studies
Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage
In Australia, a national approach to pharmacist-administered vaccines could help boost immunisation rates, one pharmacy academic says; the University of Sydney’s Professor Peter Carroll, with colleague Jane Hanrahan investigated how influenza vaccines administered by pharmacists played out in the community setting
House Call: Experts unconvinced by study on flu vaccine and miscarriage
A recent study suggests an association between miscarriage and previous receipt of influenza vaccines containing the A/H1n1 pdm2009 (pH1N1) antigen--but medical professionals say, this should not keep pregnant women from receiving the flu shot."It means we should look into it more," said Dr. Seth Sullivan from Baylor Scott & White Health. "But not getting the flu vaccine puts pregnant women and their unborn babies at a much greater risk than this research suggests"
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Vaccination campaign to fight flu begins Friday
Seasonal flu vaccines will be available in French pharmacies from 6th October, and at-risk groups are being invited to get their shot for free; only Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be reimbursed by social security
Pharmacy flu service should not be marred by veiled threats from GPs
In the UK, the flu service needs to become an example of patient-centric working between GPs and pharmacists, says Phoenix UK's Steve Anderson
South Tynesiders urged to get winter flu vaccine as winter approaches
Frontline NHS staff in South Tyneside are urging members of the public who are at risk from flu to take up their offer of a free vaccine as soon as possible
Michigan mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son
A mother in the U.S. state of Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated
520,000 doses of anti-flu vaccine readied for a vaccination campaign in Mexico
In Tamaulipas state, Mexico, people are urged to get immunised against the flu, starting with the at-risk groups
Now is the right time for your winter flu injection – your questions answered
Now is the right time for your winter flu injection – your questions answered
Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic
The authors discuss the three options available to prepare against a flu epidemic: vaccination, antivirals, and hygiene interventions. They believe that ‘most attention is focused on vaccination, which is curious, because its effectiveness is disappointing’
Health Ministry influenza vaccination campaign continues
In Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health, in co-operation with the Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, continues to implement a national campaign to raise awareness about vaccination against seasonal influenza
Flu cases show early uptick; get your yearly vaccine soon
Twenty Coloradans have been hospitalized with flu since Aug. 1, about double the number of cases the state usually sees this time of year. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment urges Coloradans ages 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, ideally before the end of October
How Walgreens overcomes 'consumer complacency' during flu-shot season
Like many pharmacies, Walgreens offers walk-in flu shots each year. To get people to choose Walgreens over other stores, the U.S.' second-largest pharmacy chain begins a marketing campaign around September that lasts until flu season ends. It encompasses TV and radio spots, digital ads, and instore signage
State Rep. Liz Linehan Gets Flu Shot At Local Clinic To Promote Vaccination
In Connecticut, Rep. Linehan is promoting the upcoming clinics held by the Health District, which covers Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott, and encouraging her constituents to get vaccinated before the start of flu season
Oakland County Health Division begins annual flu vaccination program
Like many other U.S. counties, Oakland County has been preparing for the flu vaccine campaign, and its Health Division is encouraging residents to get their flu vaccinations as part of its annual flu vaccination program, which begins Tuesday
Non-availability of swine flu medicines risking lives: DAK
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) expressed concern over non-availability of swine flu medicines at chemist shops and hospitals in Kashmir. President DAK and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said “lack of medicines to treat swine flu is putting lives of patients at serious risk”
Burden of disease
Swine flu death toll crosses the 100 mark in Pune
As against 10 swine flu deaths registered in Pune city, India, last year, the total number of deaths due to H1N1 registered this year has already crossed the 100 mark
Swine flu claims 111 lives
Swine flu has claimed 111 lives in just over three month period in Madhya Pradesh, signalling that the H1NI influenza has become a serious health issue in the state
‘H1N1 cases may rise post-festivities’
In India, the Union Health Ministry expects the numbers of people infected with H1N1 to swell as families gather on the occasions of Durga Puja, Dussehra, Muharram and Garba. Some of the same antiviral drugs used to treat seasonal flu also work against H1N1 swine flu: oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), and zanamivir (Relenza)