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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 12th Oct 2017

News Highlights
7 things you can do to tame the fear of needles For children who are nervous of needles, parents should ask their doctor about a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old: Afluria is administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin. In September, it was approved for children age 5 and up
Flu vaccination a sensible decision for children Finnish flu researcher Timo Vesikari explained at a conference in Riga that flu vaccination can be very useful in children; he presented the results of a study of over 10,000 children between the ages of six months and five years. One half of these were administered as a conventional vaccine and the other a vaccine with the adjuvant MF59. The study was carried out with scientists from Finland, the U.S., the Philippines and the vaccine manufacturer Seqirus
4 Seniors: Flu shots for seniors The FDA approved flu vaccines are designed to offer extra protection for seniors, who have weaker immune defences and a great risk of developing dangerous flu complications: Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad
Italy culls birds after five H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in October Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said
Flu – soon there could be shots to protect you that can protect you and you need only once every ten years Two U.S. researchers from Cornell have isolated two flu virus proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), which are being used as part of a new flu vaccine which would only be injected every ten years or so
Non-Adjuvanted Influenza A H1N1 Vaccine Safe, Efficacious in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis Use of the non-adjuvanted influenza A H1N1 vaccine was shown to be safe and efficacious in patients with systemic sclerosis in a study recently published in Rheumatology
Study claims vaccines-autism link; scientists find fake data, have rage stroke A recent study linking a component of vaccines to signs of autism in mice is set for retraction after scientists thoroughly demolished the study’s design, methods, and analysis and spotted faked data. The original study, led by Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic of the University of British Columbia, suggested that aluminium in vaccines can alter immune responses and trigger the development of autism
HIV patients should have flu jab despite warnings, pharmacy group urges HIV pharmacy specialists have warned that some HIV patients could be mistakenly being told that they should not take antiretrovirals at the same time as receiving the seasonal flu vaccination: “We have reviewed the Summary of Product Characteristics for both Sanofi Quadrivalent and Fluvarix Tetra and confirm that there is no contraindication to treatment in patients taking antiretroviral agents”
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7 things you can do to tame the fear of needles
For children who are nervous of needles, parents should ask their doctor about a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old: Afluria is administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin. In September, it was approved for children age 5 and up
Flu vaccination a sensible decision for children
Finnish flu researcher Timo Vesikari explained at a conference in Riga that flu vaccination can be very useful in children; he presented the results of a study of over 10,000 children between the ages of six months and five years. One half of these were administered as a conventional vaccine and the other a vaccine with the adjuvant MF59. The study was carried out with scientists from Finland, the U.S., the Philippines and the vaccine manufacturer Seqirus
4 Seniors: Flu shots for seniors
The FDA approved flu vaccines are designed to offer extra protection for seniors, who have weaker immune defences and a great risk of developing dangerous flu complications: Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad
Pandemic Influenza News
Italy culls birds after five H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in October
Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said
Should vaccines be used to curb avian influenza?
In South Africa, there has recently been much debate about whether the poultry industry should use vaccines to curb the avian influenza outbreak. However, Dr Charlotte Nkuna, acting CEO of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), said that SAPA’s position on the use of these vaccines largely depended on whether government would compensate producers for their losses
America is not prepared for this year's flu pandemic: Experts warn we could soon be hit by an aggressive strain of avian flu that could be hard to control
With the height of flu season fast approaching, experts are warning that the US is not prepared for the destruction that the disease could induce this year. If a strain of avian flu with Asian lineage makes its way to the US, it could cause widespread devastation as there is no vaccination for it and it has killed about 40 percent of those it has infected in China
Industry News
Do companies abuse the drugs stocking system to save money?
SRF asks if international drugs giants are holding back supplies of drugs to help boost pricing
Flu vaccines MUST be used to avoid deadly complications, urges Paula Radcliffe
Flu vaccines must be taken by asthma, diabetes and heart disease sufferers, urged three-time London marathon winner Paula Radcliffe. Doctors have been worrying about the small numbers of at-risk patients being vaccinated, according to Sanofi Pasteur
Academic studies
Flu – soon there could be shots to protect you that can protect you and you need only once every ten years
Two U.S. researchers from Cornell have isolated two flu virus proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), which are being used as part of a new flu vaccine which would only be injected every ten years or so
Non-Adjuvanted Influenza A H1N1 Vaccine Safe, Efficacious in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis
Use of the non-adjuvanted influenza A H1N1 vaccine was shown to be safe and efficacious in patients with systemic sclerosis in a study recently published in Rheumatology
Study claims vaccines-autism link; scientists find fake data, have rage stroke
A recent study linking a component of vaccines to signs of autism in mice is set for retraction after scientists thoroughly demolished the study’s design, methods, and analysis and spotted faked data. The original study, led by Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic of the University of British Columbia, suggested that aluminium in vaccines can alter immune responses and trigger the development of autism
Pediatric influenza news
Bill Linnane: Children dying of the flu is wake-up call we all need to stop being blasé and get jab
A particular strain of flu has hit Australia with punishing ferocity; where previously it was a serious threat to the elderly or those with underlying conditions, now it is also a threat to the young, and the onus is on all of us to get vaccinated
Egg allergies no longer scramble flu vaccine
Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidance that all children with egg allergies could receive the flu vaccine without any additional precautions
Over 65’s influenza news
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
High dose flu vaccine recommended for seniors
While getting a regular flu shot is a good option for everyone, it's recommended that seniors, those 65 and older, get a high dose flu shot instead
UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine
In Ireland, UL Hospitals Group is 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
Sir Trevor McDonald urges Brent pensioners to get the free flu jab
Veteran news presenter Sir Trevor McDonald has joined forces with the NHS to launch a campaign encouraging people aged 65 and over, and others at risk, to have their flu vaccinations
Influenza: Italians over 50 underestimate the risks and less and less 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
General Influenza News
Anvisa announces the vaccines for use in Brazil to fight the flu this coming season – according to WHO recommendations
In Brazil, the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (Anvisa) announced the changes made in the vaccines against influenza to be made available in 2018
Flu – to vaccinate or not
Austrian health group GPSP has investigated the benefits of vaccination for different groups and concludes that on balance it is in everybody’s interests but in particular, for the most at risk groups
Why No LAIV Again This Year?
The fact that the LAIV is not recommended for the current influenza season (2017-2018) is considered an "interim recommendation" because data from 2016-2017 influenza season is still being evaluated. The A(H1N1) strain to be used in the 2017-2018 season is different from that used in the two previous seasons, but we don't yet know whether it will work in LAIV form
HIV patients should have flu jab despite warnings, pharmacy group urges
HIV pharmacy specialists have warned that some HIV patients could be mistakenly being told that they should not take antiretrovirals at the same time as receiving the seasonal flu vaccination: “We have reviewed the Summary of Product Characteristics for both Sanofi Quadrivalent and Fluvarix Tetra and confirm that there is no contraindication to treatment in patients taking antiretroviral agents”
Delaware Hopes More Millennials Get Flu Shot This Season
With some research suggesting many Millennials skip getting a flu vaccine, some Delaware health officials are encouraging young adults to take the potential health hazards of influenza seriously and get vaccinated. A 2016 study focusing on data from urgent care centers in New York City found 52 percent of Millennials did not get flu shots, with many believing it would not prevent them from getting the flu
Old folks homes in Mexico need more help against the flu
Before the Mexican flu vaccination campaign begins in November, flu specialists at a conference organised by Sanofi said the population in general should get vaccinated, not just at-risk groups
Get yourself protected against the flu virus this coming season by getting vaccinated, urge Luxembourg health experts
Strong advice to get yourself protected against the flu virus this coming season by getting vaccinated, from a number of Luxembourg health experts
Surge in influenza cases in Western health district with 1300 confirmed cases
A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said there were 1300 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza across the health district last month, compared with 297 notifications in September 2016; stocks of the potentially life-saving drug Tamiflu have reportedly run dry
Reports of nastier-than-usual flu season may not be accurate, says public health chief
Nova Scotia's chief public health officer isn't convinced North America is about to get walloped by a nastier-than-usual influenza season. He said there are some factors that may result in a different outcome from what Australia experienced, even though the major strains — H3N2 and H1N1 — are the same
Allegan fair attendee diagnosed with swine flu variant
In the U.S., Allegan County has confirmed that a child who visited the Allegan County Fair tested positive for a variant of the H3N2 swine flu
Do Flu vaccinations include Mercury?
There’s been recent talk on social media about mercury being in flu vaccines. Some people say that mercury in flu shots could be linked to autism. Both the CDC and the FDA confirmed there is a preservative added to vaccines that is 50 percent mercury, thimerosal. The CDC says they’ve done numerous studies that show it doesn’t have a link to autism
Fears over flu shot are in your head: Mayo Clinic doctor explains why it is impossible to catch the flu from the vaccine
The majority of Americans do not get a flu shot. There are only 10 states in which have 50-55 percent immunization, according to CDC figures. Some cite the pain or a fear of needles, or inefficacy, but one of the most often-voiced fears is of catching the flu from the flu shot
Burden of disease
Flu deaths occur mainly in people with chronic illness
The people who died from flu complications in the 2016-2017 season in Mexico were mostly (95%) people who suffered from chronic illness, and/or who were not vaccinated
Flu Season Begins in the United States
With the arrival of October marking the official start of flu season, health officials in parts of the United States are already reporting their first flu cases and encouraging the public to start receiving their flu shots
Eight deaths due to 'seasonal flu' in Oman, health guidance issued
In Oman, the number of Influenza cases has dropped by almost a quarter compared to 2016, but the Ministry of Health has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches
Number of flu cases on the rise, says San Diego County
San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency announced that the number of influenza cases rose sharply as compared to this time last year. So far this season, 221 cases have been reported. By this time last year, only 71 cases of the flu had been reported