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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 13th Oct 2017

News Highlights
VaccinatioNCelebration offers NC-made flu shots at NC Biotech Center The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is hosting the second annual VaccinatioNCelebration flu shot clinic on Oct. 17, 2017, to highlight North Carolinians’ production of the newest generation of flu vaccine. Flucelvax Quadrivalent is made at the $1 billion Seqirus biomanufacturing facility in Holly Springs from a cell culture process rather than the traditional growing of the key component in chicken eggs
NHS 'more scared than ever', amid fears flu jab may not protect the old Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, said he fears hospitals will be "inundated" with flu cases, despite attempts to bolster services. His warnings came as the country’s Chief Medical Officer said she fears the jab may not protect the elderly this winter, but said it is still “our best hope” to stave off an NHS crisis
NHS urges 1.4m staff to have flu jab to reduce risk of epidemic NHS bosses are writing to all 1.4 million staff to say they must have the winter flu jab as soon as possible to reduce the risk of them infecting patients who might die. Those who decline the jab will have to tell the NHS trust that employs them why, and it will have to record their reasons
Only 3% of Bulgarians are Vaccinated Against Flu Only 2-3% of Bulgarians are vaccinated against the flu. This is a low percentage to prevent the disease, said Prof. Tatyana Chervenyakova, a national consultant for infectious diseases. According to her, Bulgaria is far behind other European countries, where the vaccine coverage is between 70 and 80 per cent
Queensland fights the flu with research, summit In Australia, Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics has partnered with Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine and the Hannover Medical School to advance the development of new anti-infective drugs. The collaboration will see new technology enter the country and, ultimately, new drugs hit the market to counter the resistance being shown to current flu vaccines
Western Cape losing fight against avian flu The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the province of Cape Town has risen to 50, according to the Western Cape government. The Provincial Disaster Management Centre is assisting the Department of Agriculture with the coordination of steps to mitigate the effects of the outbreak
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VaccinatioNCelebration offers NC-made flu shots at NC Biotech Center
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is hosting the second annual VaccinatioNCelebration flu shot clinic on Oct. 17, 2017, to highlight North Carolinians’ production of the newest generation of flu vaccine. Flucelvax Quadrivalent is made at the $1 billion Seqirus biomanufacturing facility in Holly Springs from a cell culture process rather than the traditional growing of the key component in chicken eggs
Pandemic Influenza News
Four Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Flu Hit Italy This Month
There have been four outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms in central and northern Italy since the start of the month and about 865,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said
Producers to boost biosecurity measures after bird flu outbreak
SA poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures to curb the spread of the avian flu virus, as government considers rolling out a vaccination programme
Western Cape losing fight against avian flu
The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the province of Cape Town has risen to 50, according to the Western Cape government. The Provincial Disaster Management Centre is assisting the Department of Agriculture with the coordination of steps to mitigate the effects of the outbreak
Zambia has not recorded any cases of bird flu
Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo says Zambia still remains at high risk of the resurgent avian influenza which has affected some African countries. Mr Katambo says while Zambia has not recorded any cases of bird flu, some neighboring countries have continued to see cases and in some instances the disease has spread
Industry News
Sanofi invests 170 million euros in French vaccines facility - Reuters
Sanofi will invest 170 million euros to expand its vaccines manufacturing site at Val-de-Reuil in north-western France, in a drive aimed at boosting the production of one of its influenza vaccines; the new facility would allow its Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division to expand the supply of the VaxigripTetra product to up to 70 countries
No More Seasonal Flu Shots: British Biotech"s Universal Vaccine Raises £13M
VirionHealth kicks off the development of a broad spectrum antiviral for all influenza strains and other viruses like RSV with a £13M investment in Series A; it is developing a new type of antiviral therapy, FluPro, based on natural antivirals, with the potential to target multiple types of viruses at once
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Pediatric influenza news
Link Between Influenza Vaccine, Spontaneous Abortion Further Clarified
Pregnant women who received vaccines containing the A/H1N1pdm2009 (pH1N1) antigen for 2 consecutive influenza seasons may have increased risk for spontaneous abortion 28 days post-vaccination, according to recent findings published in Vaccine; however, the researchers commented that the weight of evidence points to the flu vaccine being safe for pregnant women
Pregnancy in winter: Is it recommended to vaccinate against influenza?
Getting vaccinated against the flu during pregnancy reduces by a third the likelihood that the unborn baby will catch the flu in the first 4 months of life
Parents urged to vaccinate children after concerns NHS facing its worst flu season in history
Parents were today urged to get their “super spreader” children vaccinated against flu after concerns that the NHS faces its worst flu season in history
More than half of children in North-East didn't have free flu vaccines last year
More than half of children in the North-East did not take up free flu vaccines last year. This year, free nasal spray vaccinations will be available to all pre-school children aged two and three through primary care, and to children aged four to five in reception class as part of the immunisation programme in schools
Over 65’s influenza news
NHS 'more scared than ever', amid fears flu jab may not protect the old
Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, said he fears hospitals will be "inundated" with flu cases, despite attempts to bolster services. His warnings came as the country’s Chief Medical Officer said she fears the jab may not protect the elderly this winter, but said it is still “our best hope” to stave off an NHS crisis
Influenza: Italians over 50 do not get vaccinated
A survey in Italy showed that people over 50 underestimate the dangers linked with the flu, and the over 65s' vaccine coverage fell to 52% (68.3% in 2005-2006) compared to the recommended 75% threshold
Care home staff to be offered flu jab as part of winter action plan
Free flu jabs are to be extended to all care home staff in England, as part of package of new “contingency actions” designed to help frontline services cope with pressures this winter
General Influenza News
You can get immunised against the flu at the chemist’s
In a few French regions, some pharmacists have been authorised to vaccinate patients against the flu as part of a trial
Changes to quadrivalent flu vaccines for private patients
In Germany, for private patients, there might be some changes regarding flu vaccines: so far, they have to pay for the broader and more expensive quadrivalent vaccines themselves, while health insurance companies are only covering the cost of trivalent vaccines. This could change for the 2018/19 flu season, according to the spokesperson for the Robert Koch Institute
Everything You Need To Know About This Year"s Flu Jab - HuffPost UK
According to Public Health England, on average 8,000 people die from flu on average every year. A preventative flu jab is therefore offered - free of charge for at-risk groups - to minimise the impact of the virus
Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel Reviewed
More than 78% of health care personnel and 53.6% of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to 2 studies published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Launch of campaign to reach most at risk people involving around 58,000 flu shots
In Mexico, at-risk groups will be receiving their influenza shots in the Celaya health jurisdiction with a trivalent vaccine
Colorado flu season off to a busy start, but docs say this year’s vaccine is a good match for strains going around
As the flu season gets underway in Colorado, a state health official is warning that it is especially important for people this year to get the flu vaccine — because the specific flu strain seen most so far is especially nasty
NHS urges 1.4m staff to have flu jab to reduce risk of epidemic
NHS bosses are writing to all 1.4 million staff to say they must have the winter flu jab as soon as possible to reduce the risk of them infecting patients who might die. Those who decline the jab will have to tell the NHS trust that employs them why, and it will have to record their reasons
Only 3% of Bulgarians are Vaccinated Against Flu
Only 2-3% of Bulgarians are vaccinated against the flu. This is a low percentage to prevent the disease, said Prof. Tatyana Chervenyakova, a national consultant for infectious diseases. According to her, Bulgaria is far behind other European countries, where the vaccine coverage is between 70 and 80 per cent
Flu Season 2017: Medical Supplies Shortage Could Leave U.S. With Deadly Pandemic
The flu season is starting, and it could turn deadly due to America’s lack of preparation. Healthcare experts believe an influenza pandemic will seriously harm the health of Americans—and not because of the infections themselves. Talks of a looming pandemic are fueled by the concern over H7N9
Fears routine operations could 'cease for several months' if NHS falls victim to the flu bug on its way to the UK from Australia, experts warn
Dr Nick Scriven, president of SAM, which represents doctors who look after patients admitted as an emergency who do not need surgery, said a bad flu season could 'overwhelm' the NHS. There are concerns the flu vaccine will prove to be ineffective as it will not match the H3N2 strain
Queensland fights the flu with research, summit
In Australia, Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics has partnered with Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine and the Hannover Medical School to advance the development of new anti-infective drugs. The collaboration will see new technology enter the country and, ultimately, new drugs hit the market to counter the resistance being shown to current flu vaccines
Burden of disease
17 people die of influenza virus so far
In Nepal, seventeen people have died of the influenza virus so far. According to the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, out of 3,101 patients, who underwent check up till October, 1,291 people were found suffering from the influenza virus
Toddler becomes 35th victim of swine flu in Indore
A one-year-old boy died of swine flu in a hospital in the city of Indore, perhaps becoming the youngest victim of the H1N1 virus infection in Madhya Pradesh. With this, the number of deaths due to swine flu in the city so far this year has risen to 35
Indonesia reports H5N1 avian influenza death
The WHO has received one new laboratory-confirmed human case of influenza A(H5N1) virus infection reported from Indonesia. The patient was a child who was hospitalized on 5 September and passed away on 10 September
H1N1 death toll in Maharashtra continues to rise
A 31-year-old succumbed to the deadly H1N1 flu on Monday, adding to the skyrocketing death toll caused in the state of Maharashtra due to swine flu. Reports have pointed out that as many as 200 people have died in the state of Maharashtra merely in the past two months
In Italy, concern as the flu season arrives, as estimates say around 18,000 people died of flu-related causes last year
Twice as many Italians died of flu-related causes last year than the previous year, and unless more people decide to get immunised, this worrying trend will carry on