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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 11th Oct 2017

News Highlights
Airborne Transmission of Highly Pathogenic Influenza Virus during Processing of Infected Poultry (H5N1) A new study’s results support the hypothesis that airborne transmission of HPAI viruses can occur among poultry and from poultry to humans during home or live-poultry market slaughter of infected poultry
AI this autumn a real threat, says APHA European poultry farmers will have to be on their guard against a range of different strains of bird flu over the next few months as the autumn migratory season gets underway. They will have to watch out for H5N8 High Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which has continued to persist in the environment
U.S. not prepared for a flu pandemic, experts warn As the U.S. begins its annual flu season, experts warn that the country is ill-prepared for a pandemic flu that could cause widespread disruption and death. They looked at 30 essential drugs and found that they all are made outside the U.S. except for a couple made in Puerto Rico. Any kind of disruption from a pandemic elsewhere, particularly in India or China, would have a rapid impact on U.S. health care
Healthcare experts concern over rising cases of ‘Swine Flu’ among children Healthcare experts in Hyderabad have expressed concern over the rising number of cases of Swine Flu in children
GlaxoSmithKline ranked worst in business group's list of well-run companies in the UK GSK has been ranked bottom in a list of the UK's top companies for good governance; it came in at number 103 in the Institute of Director's 2017 good governance report
Fear of side effects and doubts over the vaccine’s efficacy are stopping seniors from getting their flu shots In France, nearly half of the over 65s express concern over the flu vaccine’s side effects and doubts over its efficacy, which in turn stops them from getting vaccinated
Flu: 14,400 people killed last year Last year’s flu outbreak was moderate in intensity in France but was particularly deadly for the elderly; it killed 14,400 people, many of them over 75 years old
As flu vaccines target more strains, health experts recommend getting the shot Flu vaccines targeting more strains are becoming the norm. “The quadrivalent vaccine came out in 2012 and it’s going to probably be taking over the market,” said Kelly Reed, a physician assistant and pharmacist at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care
Seqirus mentions
Get ready for flu season
Arizona already has regional flu, according to the CDC, with 97 cases reported within the University of Arizona campus. Two new quadrivalent flu vaccines have been licensed: one inactivated influenza vaccine (“Afluria Quadrivalent” IIV) and one recombinant influenza vaccine (“Flublok Qudrivalent” RIV)
Pandemic Influenza News
Airborne Transmission of Highly Pathogenic Influenza Virus during Processing of Infected Poultry (H5N1)
A new study’s results support the hypothesis that airborne transmission of HPAI viruses can occur among poultry and from poultry to humans during home or live-poultry market slaughter of infected poultry
Countdown to the deadly pandemic
The countdown has now begun in earnest for residents to sign up to take part in a pioneering BBC science documentary to simulate how pandemic flu – the deadliest threat to world health – could spread through a small close-knit community
Task team deployed to combat Avian flu in Gauteng
Gauteng MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile says a dedicated team of experts has been tasked in assisting the private poultry industry fight Avian flu in the province
AI this autumn a real threat, says APHA
European poultry farmers will have to be on their guard against a range of different strains of bird flu over the next few months as the autumn migratory season gets underway. They will have to watch out for H5N8 High Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which has continued to persist in the environment
U.S. not prepared for a flu pandemic, experts warn
As the U.S. begins its annual flu season, experts warn that the country is ill-prepared for a pandemic flu that could cause widespread disruption and death. They looked at 30 essential drugs and found that they all are made outside the U.S. except for a couple made in Puerto Rico. Any kind of disruption from a pandemic elsewhere, particularly in India or China, would have a rapid impact on U.S. health care
Industry News
GlaxoSmithKline ranked worst in business group's list of well-run companies in the UK
GSK has been ranked bottom in a list of the UK's top companies for good governance; it came in at number 103 in the Institute of Director's 2017 good governance report
Anvisa announces changes for flu vaccines for the 2018 seasonal flu season based on WHO recommendations
With the pending flu season upon the nation Anvisa has announced the changes to the vaccines that are to be used in the country to combat this winter’s flu outbreak
Recommended flu vaccines
The Health Directorate in Luxembourg today called on groups considered at risk to be vaccinated against the flu, and the vaccine is already available in the country's pharmacies and may be prescribed by doctors.
Academic studies
Are you going to have a flu shot? Do it on a day when you are in a good mood, according to new study
A new study reports that flu vaccine effectiveness is boosted if you are in a good mood when you get your flu shot
Pediatric influenza news
Healthcare experts concern over rising cases of ‘Swine Flu’ among children
Healthcare experts in Hyderabad have expressed concern over the rising number of cases of Swine Flu in children
How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects
Running a high fever during early pregnancy is known to be dangerous. Proper hand-washing techniques and the flu vaccine are two preventive measures women can take to reduce their risk of developing an illness with fever
Many Children Eligible For Flu Vaccine Are Missing Out, Here’s What Hesitant Parents Need To Know
Many children in England are not being immunised against flu, despite being eligible for the vaccination on the NHS. A survey by AstraZeneca (who produce the nasal flu vaccine for the NHS) found that two in five parents have experienced a child becoming infected with flu and then spreading the illness to other family members
Over 65’s influenza news
Get the jab! People over 65 urged to get free flu vaccine for protection this winter
People aged 65 and over across West Sussex are being urged to get the free flu jab to protect themselves and others this winter
Fear of side effects and doubts over the vaccine’s efficacy are stopping seniors from getting their flu shots
In France, nearly half of the over 65s express concern over the flu vaccine’s side effects and doubts over its efficacy, which in turn stops them from getting vaccinated
Flu: 14,400 people killed last year
Last year’s flu outbreak was moderate in intensity in France but was particularly deadly for the elderly; it killed 14,400 people, many of them over 75 years old
Flu shot still worth getting despite vaccine mismatch, Sudbury doctor says
In Canada, a Sudbury doctor is recommending everyone get vaccinated against the flu, especially seniors. Dr. Janet McElhaney, a geriatrician, says doctors have noticed H3N2 is circulating in Australia, which could give a preview as to what will happen in Canada, and is always bad for seniors
General Influenza News
As flu vaccines target more strains, health experts recommend getting the shot
Flu vaccines targeting more strains are becoming the norm. “The quadrivalent vaccine came out in 2012 and it’s going to probably be taking over the market,” said Kelly Reed, a physician assistant and pharmacist at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care
This Year's Flu Season Could Be Devastating
Public health officials are warning the U.S. that this year's flu season could be worse than usual, according to the Association of Health Care Journalists. Australia had a tough flu season during its winter, which ended Aug. 31
GPs 'charge' for flu jab as first patients struck down
Some GPs have been accused of wrongly charging medical card holders for the flu vaccine as scientists confirmed the virus has already arrived in Ireland
Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland – health authorities advise getting a flu vaccination for the coming season
Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland – health authorities advise getting a flu vaccination for the coming season – stressing it is definitely something more vulnerable groups must do
Delaware Flu Season Starts; Governor Carney Gets His Flu Shot at DPH Clinic
Today, Delaware Governor John Carney rolled up his sleeve to get his annual flu shot at the Division of Public Health’s (DPH) drive-thru flu clinic, officially launching the state’s flu season prevention efforts
Florida Department of Health Encourages Public to "Keep Vaccine Between You and the Flu This Season"
The Florida Department of Health in Jackson encourages all Floridians to get a flu shot ahead of the 2017 flu season
Makati to give FLU vaccines to students, employees
In the Philippines, the Makati Health Department said they will administer quadrivalent influenza vaccines to public school students and city government employees to lower the incidence of flu among its citizens and increase productivity
Brace yourself for nasty flu season, Calgary doctor warns
Health officials across Canada are bracing for what could be a rough flu season. Everyone should get the flu shot: it's the 'altruistic thing to do,' says Dr. Raj Bhardwaj
Rhineland-Pfalz Palatinate health experts back vaccinations against flu for this winter
Health experts in the Rhineland-Palatinate are strongly advising people to get vaccinated this autumn, particularly if they are among the groups more at risk to catching flu, the elderly and the infirm
Grippe: des pharmaciens prêts à vacciner dans deux régions pilotes
Influenza – French pharmacies are on stand-by and ready to vaccinate people against flu for this winter in two pilot regions
The worst flu epidemic for 50 years is on the way to the UK
Health experts have warned that Britain could soon be dealing with one the worst flu epidemics for 50 years. The warning comes after a winter in Australia that saw over 170,000 cases of influenza
Flu Season 2017 - Which type of flu vaccine should you get?
It’s flu season again in the U.S.; although the peak of illnesses usually don't hit until winter, health experts are reminding the public of the importance of getting vaccinated
Free flu shot clinics start Oct. 23 in Newfoundland and Labrador
Free flu vaccination clinics hosted by the province's four health authorities start Monday, Oct. 23, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced. Emails acquired by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association also showed the government decided to stop paying physicians each time they give a patient a flu shot — unless it was part of an office visit
Why Some People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Refuse the Seasonal Flu Shot
Despite recommendations to get the flu shot, a study published in April 2016 found that 20 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis did not get a flu shot over a five-year period. The CDC, the NIH, the WHO and most doctors recommend flu shots for most people, so it seems like the right thing to do
Twitter is rife with anti-vaccine sentiment, with affluent new moms a prime source: study
The contention that vaccines cause autism has been refuted repeatedly, but a broad range of social media users still churn out messages backing the idea, a five-year study shows. And apparently, politics doesn't make a difference, but demographics does
Burden of disease
Influenza activity--United States and worldwide
In the United States and elsewhere, most documented influenza viruses during May 21–September 23, 2017, were similar to reference viruses representing the recommended components for the 2017–18 vaccine. Overall, activity was typical for the time of year
Woman who lost husband to flu complications asking people to get vaccinated
In the U.S., Lisa Rasmussen is speaking publicly about a campaign for flu shots, and talks about her husband who died of complications from the flu, having not been vaccinated as he thought he was healthy enough to fight the flu
Flu has killed more than 370 people
In Australia, a strain of flu has killed 370 people; H3N2 infected 160,000 people there as well. It is estimated that 85% of Australians who were vaccinated at the start of the season caught the flu anyway