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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 26th Oct 2017

Seqirus mentions
AAP flu policy updated to include new antiviral
The AAP has updated its policy statement on influenza to include a new antiviral medication. The policy Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2017-2018, now provides dosage and administration information for intravenous peramivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor
Pandemic Influenza News
H7N9 virus mutation poses increased threat: scientists
Chinese scientists studying the evolution of H7N9 influenza viruses have found that mutations of the virus pose increased threats to humans. "Our study indicated that the new H7N9 mutations are lethal to chickens and pose an increased threat to humans, thus highlighting the need to control and eradicate H7N9 viruses to prevent a possible pandemic," Chen Hualan, director of the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, said
Bird flu risk in UK wild birds increased to medium
The UK government has increased the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) risk from low to medium for wild birds in UK, but poultry flocks remain low
Industry News
GlaxoSmithKline Q3 Pre-tax Profit Rises; Backs FY Adj. EPS Growth View
GlaxoSmithKline reported that its profit before tax for the third-quarter 2017 rose to 1.71 billion pounds from 1.27 billion pounds in the same quarter last year. Vaccines sales were up 5% AER, but flat CER, with a strong performance from Meningitis vaccines and continued delivery from influenza products offset by the impact of increased competitive pressures on Infanrix, Pediarix
GSK shares dive on underwhelming update as CEO warns of Brexit costs this year
More than £4bn has been wiped off the market value of GSK after investors took a dim view of the company’s potential bid for Pfizer’s consumer health business and its perceived lukewarm commitment to a dividend
Correction to Glaxo Will Consider Bid for Pfizer Update
GlaxoSmithKline would consider a bid for Pfizer's consumer-health business should the U.S. company put it up for sale, Chief Executive Emma Walmsley said; GSK consumer-health sales grew in the last quarter, though revenue from vaccines was flat, largely because of strong demand for flu shots in the year-earlier period
Academic studies
U.S. vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness, new shots
The issue of waning protection is expected to be discussed when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets in Atlanta. The annual flu vaccine is a particularly hard one to nail; there's a relatively new vaccine for over 65 that includes an immune-boosting additive, but it hasn't been around long enough to know exactly how well works
Modeling Influenza Virology and Pharmacology: Emerging Weapons Against an Ancient Foe
While influenza vaccines are a useful preventive measure, they are less effective in the elderly because their immune system tends to become less efficient with age; the rise of drug-resistant influenza strains and high rates of vaccine mismatches drive the search for new safe and effective antiviral drugs. Modeling and simulation has been embraced by regulators, industry, and academia for its ability to inform antiviral drug development decision making; different approaches offers distinct insights into influenza virology, pharmacology, and managing outbreaks
Flu forecasting tool uses evolution to make earlier predictions
A new flu forecasting tool built by scientists at the University of Chicago aims to make better predictions by combining data about how the virus spreads with an estimate of how much the current virus evolved compared to recent years. One of the researchers said: "Our analysis for this year showed that the virus is already changing in a significant way. We predict an outbreak that is above average but moderate, not severe, because last year was such a bad season"
Pediatric influenza news
PAHO urges vaccination of pregnant women against influenza
The Pan American Health Organisation is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against the flu as this offers protection to their newborn child too, is safe, and protects them from complications during the pregnancy
Pregnant women urged to get protected against flu
Pregnant women across the Black Country in the UK are being urged to get a flu jab as a severe outbreak of flu is expected this winter
Have Flu Vaccination Rates Changed After CDC Stopped Recommending Nasal Spray?
With more U.S. states reporting local flu activity, a new study indicates that influenza vaccination rates among children are holding steady despite changes in vaccine options. For the week ending October 14—the second week of the 2017-2018 flu season—surveillance data from the CDC shows a growing flu season across the United States
Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
New Practice Program Doubles Vaccination Rates
A module has been developed to help health care professionals improve vaccination rates among adults, according to an article published by the American Medical Association. The AMA STEPS Forward module helps health care professionals save time by creating a team-based approach for an adult immunization program
Fewer flu vaccines - family doctors are up in arms
In Italy, tighter control over the amount flu vaccine supplies doctors can draw and the limitations placed on supply for both GPs and pharmacists is causing controversy
Does the influenza vaccine have any side effects?
In Mexico, health officials are adamant that the flu vaccine does not generate any counterproductive reactions to patients. The vaccines will be given through the IMSS and Issste, providing shots free of charge to those who request one
Vaccination against the flu: 416 pharmacies licensed in the Poitou-Charentes region
In France a few regions are running a trial allowing trained pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine, in the hope that more people will come forward and receive the flu vaccine
Care workers urged to have flu jab
The International Longevity Centre – UK has called on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu vaccination. Whilst the Government recommends that all adult social care workers receive the flu jab, they are not eligible to receive the vaccination on the NHS
Flu epidemic would test health service
A major flu outbreak could certainly test the Irish health service; the best protection against this is that all those in at-risk groups get vaccinated now and also that others consider the benefit of flu vaccination.
Patients prone to swine flu as doctors not vaccinated
In Kashmir, many doctors and paramedical staff have not been vaccinated against swine flu, putting patients at a risk, Doctors Association Kashmir headed by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said. Dr Nisar said healthcare workers endangered vulnerable patients by ignoring flu vaccines.“Most of the doctors and nurses are unvaccinated, even though majority of swine flu deaths are in those with underlying medical conditions who are in regular contact with them,” he said
Vaccine technology assessment expected to spur vaccine production
Researchers have developed a technology map with a roadmap for the vaccine industry in Vietnam, which serves as a basis for research and development of high quality, safe products; one of its aims is the commercializing of influenza vaccine (H5N1) vaccines
The effectiveness of this seasons flu vaccine may not measure up to the challenges ahead
In Canada, scientists have commented on the limited efficacy of the flu vaccine and called for more money to be invested in R&D for a better, more efficient vaccine, while others have said that despite its limitations, the flu vaccine remains a useful tool to protect the most vulnerable among us, the over 65s and infants for example
Best supplements: Take this vitamin to protect against colds and deadly Aussie flu
Vitamin D could be just as protective against flu as having the flu jab, scientists have claimed. Public Health England recommends that the public takes a 10mg vitamin D supplement every day. PHE’s Medical Director also recommended people get a flu shot
To boost adult immunisation rates, doctors suggest free flu vaccines and targeting patients on pre-travel check-ups
In Singapore, the National Health Surveillance Survey 2013, which covered 3,700 respondents aged 50 and above, found 15.2 % had received seasonal influenza vaccination in the past year. The Health Ministry has published a new vaccination schedule, which should help in spreading the message that vaccinations are just as relevant to adults, doctors said
CDC Advises Clinicians Treating Patients From Hurricane Areas
The CDC has issued a Health Alert Network advisory for health providers treating patients in or recently returned from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; clinicians who see patients currently in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza
Burden of disease

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