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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 19th Oct 2017

News Highlights
CSL moves to change CEO pay structure to avoid second strike from shareholders CSL chairman John Shine says 88 per cent of shareholders have agreed to vote in favour of the company's revamped remuneration report after an investor backlash over excessive executive pay.
Human case of A(H5N1) avian influenza infection in Bali In Indonesia, the Health Ministry confirmed that there is an outbreak of A(H5N1) avian influenza, and 5 people are suspected of having become infected; lab tests have been carried out and results are awaited
FluGen Awarded $14.4 million by the Department of Defense to Test Universal Flu Vaccine Against Mismatched Strains FluGen has been awarded a grant of $14.4 million through the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program’s mechanism to conduct clinical challenge-studies against mismatched influenza strains with its lead universal flu vaccine, RedeeFlu
Ugly side of the common flu Influenza may be a commonly-occurring respiratory tract infection in Malaysia but its severity should not be underestimated. Currently, there are two categories of vaccines available, and recently, GlaxoSmithKline introduced Fluarix Tetra, an inactivated QIV, indicated to protect adults and children over three years old
HIV quintuples risk for severe influenza Patients with HIV receiving care at a hospital in Malawi were nearly three times more likely to have an influenza-like illness and five times more likely to develop severe influenza disease than patients without HIV, according to data from two recent observational studies
Experts Outline Pathway to a Universal Influenza Vaccine Scientists and clinicians from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the California Institute of Technology discuss key considerations for developing a universal influenza vaccine in a meeting report appearing in the October 17 issue of Immunity
Pair of Discoveries Illuminate New Paths to Flu and Anthrax Treatments Two recent studies led by biologists at the University of California San Diego have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The first study used fruit flies as an in vivo test system to reveal new evidence about the function of a key influenza protein called NS1, which has evolved to target molecular pathways in the host
How Pharmacists Can Improve Adult Vaccination Rates Pharmacists are central to promoting adult vaccinations, according to an interactive discussion held at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention. According to Dr. Marquess, shifting from being reactive to being proactive in the pharmacy will be key to increasing vaccination rates in adult populations
Seqirus mentions
CSL moves to change CEO pay structure to avoid second strike from shareholders
CSL chairman John Shine says 88 per cent of shareholders have agreed to vote in favour of the company's revamped remuneration report after an investor backlash over excessive executive pay.
Savvy Senior: Flu shots for seniors
There are two different flu shots — the Fluzone High Dose and FLUAD — that are designed specifically for people age 65 and older. These FDA approved vaccines are designed to offer extra protection beyond what a standard flu shot provides, which is important for older adults
Several flu clinics available in coming weeks
In Canada, influenza immunizations will be available at Alberta Health Services clinics within a week; only Fluzone will be available free of charge. FLUAD, designed to boost the immune response in seniors, will only be available to seniors living in long-term care or supportive living
Pandemic Influenza News
South Africa: Government Exploring Solutions to Avian Influenza Outbreak
South Africa's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the department is engaging the poultry industry to find ways to tackle the avian influenza outbreak. The H6N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza originates in China and has been spread mainly by wild birds
Human case of A(H5N1) avian influenza infection in Bali
In Indonesia, the Health Ministry confirmed that there is an outbreak of A(H5N1) avian influenza, and 5 people are suspected of having become infected; lab tests have been carried out and results are awaited
No decision yet on bird flu vaccination
In South Africa, the Minister of Agriculture says state veterinarians are still assessing whether SA chickens should be vaccinated amid the country's worst ever bird flu outbreak
DAERA launches text alerts for Avian Flu
In the UK, a new text alert service to inform bird keepers of any disease outbreaks has been launched by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair. The new system ‘goes live’ as chief veterinary officer for NI, Robert Huey urges bird keepers to remain vigilant to the threat of Avian Flu as the migratory cycle begins
Industry News
FluGen Awarded $14.4 million by the Department of Defense to Test Universal Flu Vaccine Against Mismatched Strains
FluGen has been awarded a grant of $14.4 million through the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program’s mechanism to conduct clinical challenge-studies against mismatched influenza strains with its lead universal flu vaccine, RedeeFlu
Can You Treat The Flu?
Flu treatment might include antiviral medications such as Tamiflu, available only by prescription. They lessen the severity and the duration of the illness, but are not effective unless started within 48 hours of symptom onset
Ugly side of the common flu
Influenza may be a commonly-occurring respiratory tract infection in Malaysia but its severity should not be underestimated. Currently, there are two categories of vaccines available, and recently, GlaxoSmithKline introduced Fluarix Tetra, an inactivated QIV, indicated to protect adults and children over three years old
Academic studies
HIV quintuples risk for severe influenza
Patients with HIV receiving care at a hospital in Malawi were nearly three times more likely to have an influenza-like illness and five times more likely to develop severe influenza disease than patients without HIV, according to data from two recent observational studies
Epidemiology and Burden of Influenza in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
News study describing influenza activity in the US Veterans Affairs (VA) population for the 2010–2011 through 2015–2016 seasons and comparing with national CDC FluView data
Experts Outline Pathway to a Universal Influenza Vaccine
Scientists and clinicians from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the California Institute of Technology discuss key considerations for developing a universal influenza vaccine in a meeting report appearing in the October 17 issue of Immunity
Pair of Discoveries Illuminate New Paths to Flu and Anthrax Treatments
Two recent studies led by biologists at the University of California San Diego have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The first study used fruit flies as an in vivo test system to reveal new evidence about the function of a key influenza protein called NS1, which has evolved to target molecular pathways in the host
Pediatric influenza news
Children should receive flu vaccine by Oct. 31, local doctors say
In Texas, October 31st is the deadline by which local doctors recommend children should be vaccinated against the flu. Doctors said for children who are getting the vaccine for the first time, a booster shot is often needed a few weeks later
Family of boy who died after catching flu urge parents to get children vaccinated
In the UK, the family of a boy who died after catching flu, have made a video urging parents to get their children vaccinated this winter. Three-year-old Sam Morrish died from sepsis after getting the virus
Queensland Government announces FREE flu vaccines for children under 5
Children aged six months to five years old will receive free flu shots under a new vaccination program introduced by the Queensland Government following one of the worst flu seasons on record. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said up to 300,000 children across Queensland would be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year
What Happens If You Get The Flu During Pregnancy? Experts Weigh In
The CDC maintains that the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant, therefore making the flu vaccine not only a safe, but wise choice during pregnancy. According to the CDC, getting the flu shot during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby from the flu for several months after birth
Over 65’s influenza news
This seasons flu shot aimed at those at highest risk of complications
With the beginning of flu season underway, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's lead researcher, Dr. Danuta Skowronski, says her main emphasis is on people at the highest risk for influenza complications, as for that group, "the vaccine could be life-saving." "That means the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, especially heart and lung conditions, they don't handle influenza viruses well at all," she said
Horror flu season sees 16 aged care deaths in Canberra but authorities contain far worse
There were 16 deaths from influenza-like illnesses in ACT aged care facilities in the three months to early October this year as authorities battled skyrocketing influenza notifications throughout the community and sought to limit the impact on the most vulnerable
71.3% aged 65 and over in Bucks got flu jab last winter
Last winter season 71.3% of those aged 65 and over in Buckinghamshire got the flu vaccine. That's according to new stats from Public Health England and their 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign. They're urging those in at risk groups to get the flu jab, which on average causes 8,000 deaths a year on average in England
General Influenza News
Flu jab 2017: Boost effectiveness of vaccine by taking THIS trendy supplement
Probiotics are good for the digestive system and the immune system - but their benefits may now extend further, as a recent study by the University of Melbourne revealed that taking them could encourage a positive response to the flu vaccine. Dr Ashton Harper, medical advisor at Bio-Kult said this was important since the general response rate to the flu jab is currently only about 40 to 60 per cent effective
VERIFY: Is There Really Mercury In Flu Vaccines?
Both the CDC and the FDA confirm 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. It's added to the vaccine to stop bacteria and fungus from growing in the vial causing a staph infection
Pharmacists urged to have flu jab
In the UK, a letter has been sent to all pharmacists in direct contact with the public urging them to get vaccinated against flu this winter. There was an increased uptake in the seasonal flu vaccination among frontline healthcare staff last winter to 63.2% from 50.6% the year before, but even more pharmacists should get the jab this year
How Pharmacists Can Improve Adult Vaccination Rates
Pharmacists are central to promoting adult vaccinations, according to an interactive discussion held at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention. According to Dr. Marquess, shifting from being reactive to being proactive in the pharmacy will be key to increasing vaccination rates in adult populations
Mexico City health authorities have 2,737,000 doses of influenza vaccine to get people protected
Health Secretary, Armando Ahued Ortega, launched a Vaccination Campaign against the seasonal influenza 2017-2018 season, which the objective of protecting those groups which are most vulnerable to the flu virus
What is the deal for cash payers for flu vaccination
A discussion over what flu vaccinations are available at a rateable level through the statewide health insurance system, as opposed to a stronger class of vaccine which seems to be only available to those cash payers who pay a little bit more to be vaccinated than others on the statewide health scheme
Influenza: the vaccination campaign for Emilia Romagna begins Nov 6th
The Emilia Romagna flu vaccination campaign takes off on November 6th and health authorities are stressing that it is particularly important to get those groups most at risk from the impact of flu vaccinated
Time for Monaco residents to get vaccinated against the flu
The flu vaccine is now available in Monaco pharmacies with a doctor's prescription, and at-risk groups in particular are encouraged to get immunised
Three out of four French people in favour of vaccinations
Most French people seem to be in favour of childhood vaccines, but more seem to be reticent with regard to seasonal flu shots and hepatitis B vaccines. Around 15% of people in a recent survey were against flu vaccines, making it the least trusted vaccination in France
Vaccination : Our aim is to reach out to new patients
In a few regions of France, such as Auvergne Rhone-Alpes, certain pharmacists are now authorised to vaccinate patients against the flu as part of a trial programme, aiming to reach more patients
The numbers of at risk people needing to get vaccinated against the flu is lower this year than previously
More than 560,000 Portuguese people aged 65 and over have already been vaccinated against the flu since the beginning of this month, but the vaccination rate is lower than in the same period last year. According to data from the Vaccinometer, which monitors influenza vaccination in priority groups, the data for these groups show a lower vaccination rate compared to the same period last year.
Is Asia Prepared to Face the Next Flu Outbreak?
The lack of preparedness in Asia and the relatively porous borders for infections make the region a prime target for any flu outbreak. The article examines the risk factors and challenges holding Asia back, key prevention action and the need for greater collaboration at a national level
This year there are four good reasons to get vaccinated aganst the flu
The southern hemisphere has just experienced a particularly severe flu season. Your own health is not the only thing to consider. Getting vaccinated does not give you the flu, and even if the flu vaccine is not perfect, people should still get immunized
Lazio, Nicola Zingaretti launches influenza vaccination campaign
President of the Lazio region, Nicola Zingaretti has launched a region-wide campaign to get people vaccinated against flu
Burden of disease
Telangana: Swine flu claims 2 lives since August
Two people have lost their lives due to swine flu and other complications in Telangana since August 1 this year, the state government said
Flu cases finally on the decline
After what has been the worst flu season in years, diagnosed cases of the illness are finally on the decline across the Hawkesbury and the state. NSW Health has thanked health workers across the system for their monumental work in battling influenza this season as latest figures show almost 100,000 influenza notifications to date
First flu case reported in South Dakota, health officials encourage getting vaccinated
The first flu case of the season has been reported in South Dakota. Health officials are encouraging everyone over six months of age to get a flu vaccine