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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 10th Oct 2017

News Highlights
7 ways to help tame kids' fear of flu shots 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, which is administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
City takes steps as bird flu outbreak hits zoos Johannesburg is on full alert monitoring its valuable bird collection for avian influenza which has struck its parks and zoo facilities; spokesperson Jenny Moodley said the HPA1 virus was not contagious to humans, but sick birds and carcasses should not be directly handled as a precautionary measure
Avian flu: poultry farmers to gather in the Landes region of France for a protest French poultry farmers in the south west region are planning to gather to show how their work has been affected by the H5N8 outbreak and to call for government help and for a vaccine to be authorised
Investigational Flu Drug a Near Match for Oseltamivir In a Phase III trial, an investigational anti-influenza drug (a cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor), was quicker than oseltamivir in reducing virus levels in patients and cutting viral shedding, according to Simon Portsmouth, MD, of Shionogi, which is developing the drug
Stronger pill plan to check swine flu The Maharashtra government is planning to introduce amantadine, an anti-viral drug stronger than oseltamivir, to contain swine flu virus that has so far claimed 626 lives in the state this year
Influenza vaccines will fight three types of virus in 2018 (according to WHO instructions) Anvisa said trivalent influenza vaccines for the year 2018 should be within the following specifications: a virus similar to influenza A / Michigan / 45/2015 (H1N1) virus pdm09 - virus A / Singapore / INFIMH-16-0019 / 2016 (H3N2) and a virus similar to influenza B virus / Phuket / 3073/2013. However, Quadrivalent influenza vaccines containing two types of influenza B virus strains should also contain a virus similar to the B / Brisbane / 60/2008 influenza virus.
Nano ‘capsule’ flu shot could fight changing strains Researchers have created a new kind of quick-acting and long-lasting flu shot aimed at fighting pandemic influenza A. Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year; researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A
High-dose influenza vaccine better for solid organ transplant recipients High-dose influenza vaccine is preferable to standard-dose vaccine in adult solid organ transplant recipients, according to study findings presented at IDWeek; a high-dose influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose, Sanofi Pasteur; HD) demonstrated “significantly better immunogenicity” when compared with a standard-dose vaccine (Fluviral, GlaxoSmithKline; SD) in adult solid organ transplant recipients
Study shows no relation between swine flu vaccination and increased risk of type 1 diabetes There has been a fear that the swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, would increase the risk of autoimmune diseases other than narcolepsy. However, a new study of children from Sweden and Finland shows that the vaccine increased neither the risk of developing autoantibodies against insulin-producing beta cells nor the occurrence of type 1 diabetes
Flu vaccine uptake below international targets Ireland’s flu vaccine uptake among the over 65s is below international targets, despite an increase in the rate of older people getting the jab last year
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7 ways to help tame kids' fear of flu shots
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, which is administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
Pandemic Influenza News
Fight to protect Australia from pandemics will be waged outside borders with $20 million plan
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced Australia would commit $20 million to a regional pandemic preparedness and response plan to protect both Australia and its neighbours from future outbreaks. [But] the real challenge is within the region if there is an emergence of a new wave of zika [or] you could have the equivalent of the Asian bird flu," he said.
City takes steps as bird flu outbreak hits zoos
Johannesburg is on full alert monitoring its valuable bird collection for avian influenza which has struck its parks and zoo facilities; spokesperson Jenny Moodley said the HPA1 virus was not contagious to humans, but sick birds and carcasses should not be directly handled as a precautionary measure
Sovereign contains outbreak of bird flu
An avian influenza outbreak at a Sovereign Foods facility in South Africa had been contained to the layer house where it was initially identified, the poultry producer told shareholders
Avian flu: poultry farmers to gather in the Landes region of France for a protest
French poultry farmers in the south west region are planning to gather to show how their work has been affected by the H5N8 outbreak and to call for government help and for a vaccine to be authorised
Industry News
Brazil will start to make flu vaccine from the beginning of 2018
Brazil will start to make flu vaccine from the beginning of 2018. The Instituto of Butantan is planning to make 60,000 flu vaccine doses
Investigational Flu Drug a Near Match for Oseltamivir
In a Phase III trial, an investigational anti-influenza drug (a cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor), was quicker than oseltamivir in reducing virus levels in patients and cutting viral shedding, according to Simon Portsmouth, MD, of Shionogi, which is developing the drug
Stronger pill plan to check swine flu
The Maharashtra government is planning to introduce amantadine, an anti-viral drug stronger than oseltamivir, to contain swine flu virus that has so far claimed 626 lives in the state this year
Influenza vaccines will fight three types of virus in 2018 (according to WHO instructions)
Anvisa said trivalent influenza vaccines for the year 2018 should be within the following specifications: a virus similar to influenza A / Michigan / 45/2015 (H1N1) virus pdm09 - virus A / Singapore / INFIMH-16-0019 / 2016 (H3N2) and a virus similar to influenza B virus / Phuket / 3073/2013. However, Quadrivalent influenza vaccines containing two types of influenza B virus strains should also contain a virus similar to the B / Brisbane / 60/2008 influenza virus.
Academic studies
Nano ‘capsule’ flu shot could fight changing strains
Researchers have created a new kind of quick-acting and long-lasting flu shot aimed at fighting pandemic influenza A. Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year; researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A
Study shows no relation between swine flu vaccination and increased risk of type 1 diabetes
There has been a fear that the swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, would increase the risk of autoimmune diseases other than narcolepsy. However, a new study of children from Sweden and Finland shows that the vaccine increased neither the risk of developing autoantibodies against insulin-producing beta cells nor the occurrence of type 1 diabetes
High-dose influenza vaccine better for solid organ transplant recipients
High-dose influenza vaccine is preferable to standard-dose vaccine in adult solid organ transplant recipients, according to study findings presented at IDWeek; a high-dose influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose, Sanofi Pasteur; HD) demonstrated “significantly better immunogenicity” when compared with a standard-dose vaccine (Fluviral, GlaxoSmithKline; SD) in adult solid organ transplant recipients
Being in a good mood powers the flu vaccine
Be in a good mood when you get your flu vaccination as it improves the effectiveness
Pediatric influenza news
100 Women: Is child vaccination boosted by educating mothers?
The effort to convince educated parents who are sceptical about vaccinations to immunise their children is proving to be a much bigger job than might be expected. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that public health campaigns in the UK exposing the myth that child vaccinations cause autism backfired by making parents more likely to believe the debunked conspiracy theory
Over 65’s influenza news
Flu vaccine uptake below international targets
Ireland’s flu vaccine uptake among the over 65s is below international targets, despite an increase in the rate of older people getting the jab last year
General Influenza News
Senior leaders urge islanders to support flu vaccination
Senior Leaders from the NHS and the Isle of Wight Council are giving their full support to this year’s flu vaccination programme and are urging members of the public who are at most risk from flu to take up their offer of a free NHS vaccine
Orkney parents urged to ensure their children get flu vaccination
Parents of two to five-year-olds in Orkney are being encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring their children get their flu vaccination. GP practices across the NHS Orkney area are providing the free nasal flu vaccine in a bid to ensure young children are protected
Documentary tour works to spread awareness on risks of vaccinating kids
Parents and kids featured in the 2016 documentary "Vaxxed" stopped by Smyrna in the U.S. to talk about their belief that there is a link between required vaccines and autism
Seasonal flu vaccines available to enrolled, eligible veterans
Enrolled/eligible veterans may obtain a seasonal flu vaccination from now until March 31, 2018, at all North Florida/South Georgia Veteran Health System facilities. This is part of the VA's effort to reduce the impact of the seasonal flu and connected illness
Deadly flu season should mean vaccines for all health workers
The aged-care industry has a moral and ethical duty of care for their clients – to do no harm. Generally, carers are required to hold a Certificate III in Individual Support or similar, which includes training in infection control – how to prevent infectious diseases spreading between people. Immunisation also plays a fundamental role in infection control by reducing the number of people able to spread infection.Yet there remains no vaccination requirement.
Norwich flu clinic may see anti-vaccine protesters
In the U.S., a drive-through flu clinic scheduled to take place in Norwich this month could draw some of the same anti-vaccine protesters that recently showed up at a similar event in Plainfield
Vaccination rates in Italy have much improved during the last 2 months
In Italy, vaccination rates have improved generally: Emilia Romagna has reached again the 'safety threshold' of 95%, Piedmont has increased its coverage by 4%; the only concern is the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, where the German-speaking population is very reluctant to vaccinations
First delivery of anti-influenza vaccines has arrived in Queretaro
In Queretaro, Mexico, the flu vaccines have started to be delivered and the vaccination campaign is about to begin, targeting principally at-risk groups
Flu drug runs out, call for sick to stay home
Stocks of the drug used to fight potentially deadly flu have run out in Australia in the wake of a horrendous flu season. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has listed Tamiflu as "unavailable" with no confirmation on when new stock will arrive in the country
Bochum – health experts back vaccination against flu – particularly for vulnerable groups
Bochum – health experts back vaccination against flu – particularly for vulnerable groups who are at most at risk this winter
Officials air concerns about potential for worse flu season
Public health officials have warned over the past several weeks the U.S. flu season this year may be worse than usual following a tough flu season in Australia. Though Australia has not finished collecting all its data from its past flu season, the flu vaccine may not have been as effective as past years’
Flu shot key for people with diabetes
With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people—particularly those with diabetes—to get vaccinated
HSE again urging people to get flu jab - warning 1,000 could die
The HSE is again urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza as figures show that vaccine uptake rates in people aged 65 and over increased in Ireland last year. It issued a warning last week to claim that up to 1,000 victims could die if they are not vaccinated
Carers across Bath urged to get free flu vaccine as NHS launches winter flu campaign
Carers are being urged to get a free flu vaccine to protect themselves and the people they look after this winter, as part of NHS England’s newly launched national flu campaign
Flu: healthcare professionals should get vaccinated
In France, healthcare professionals are being called out by the health ministry for not bothering to get themselves vaccinated against the flu
Flu : what happens when you get vaccinated against the flu at the chemist’s in France
In France, a trial is being run in a number of regions for chemists to vaccinate patients against the flu in order to reach more
Flu: should you trust your chemist to perform a flu vaccine?
In France, certain chemists have been authorised to vaccinate against the flu as part of a trial, but not everyone is happy with this, as some GPs argue they should be the ones vaccinating patients, not pharmacists
Warning of the flu
German health insurance companies call for more vaccinations against the flu with season approaching
Flu vaccination time – should I get vaccinated or not?
Der Standard said health experts are advising Austrians to get vaccinated as it halves the risk in the worst case scenario and prevents in the best
Australia horror show over flu could impact Austria?
Horror flu outbreak in Australia could mean dire consequences for this season’s influenza outbreak in Austria
Autumn is here and the seasonal flu outbreak may turn out far worse than expected
Autumn is here and the seasonal flu outbreak may turn out far worse than expected - concern that the coming winter's flu outbreak could be worse than earlier years
Burden of disease
Division records 21 swine flu deaths in 18 days; official measures fail
The Nagpur division in India has recorded 21 deaths due to swine flu in the last 18 days. There have been 94 deaths in the division this year so far. Despite the alarming surge in the number of patients and deaths, the authorities have failed to take concrete measures to prevent the spread of disease
Swine Flu: Is Kashmir ready for an outbreak?
As swine flu surfaced again in Kashmir, with ten cases of H1N1 found in Jammu province, in which three people have already died, doctors have raised concerns over the preparations in case of a flu breakout
Early influenza cases reported
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has reported multiple cases of laboratory-confirmed influence (flu), indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky
Influenza - Vaccines, symptoms, regions affected - where is the focus of the outbreak
The latest flu outbreak is already spreading across France, some regions have already been hit and others are next, but the vaccination campaign against the flu has now begun