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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 27th Oct 2017

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Flu shots for seniors
There are two different flu shots--Fluzone High Dose and FLUAD--that are designed specifically for people age 65 and older; available in the U.S. since last year, the FLUAD vaccine contains an added ingredient called adjuvant MF59 that also helps create a stronger immune response
Pandemic Influenza News
Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic?
There is no human vaccine yet available that can guarantee protection against the most recent variant of H7N9. Scientists are helping pave the way for one. They’ve been looking deeply into the virus’ genesis and infection sources, predicting possible transmission routes around the globe. They’re sharing this information with like-minded researchers in China and abroad, and offering seasonal vaccine recommendations to international entities
EFSA says wild birds spread avian flu to EU member states
The European Food Safety Authority says migratory wild birds are spreading avian influenza around the globe. The agency figures migration routes crossing the north-eastern and eastern EU borders are the most likely pathway for avian flu entering the continent
Fears grow in UK after bird flu cases in Europe
The risk of avian influenza in the UK currently remains low, despite confirmation of outbreaks in continental Europe. Authorities have confirmed to the OIE that bird flu has struck in a near 42,000-bird commercial layer flock in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. The strain involved is a low path type H5N2
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 8 and 15 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. To date, a total of 1564 laboratory-confirmed human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported through IHR notification since early 2013.
Industry News
The Human Vaccines Project Launches New Initiative To Accelerate Development Of Universally Effective Influenza Vaccines
The Human Vaccines Project has announced the launch of the Universal Influenza Vaccine Initiative (UIVI), a first-of-its-kind program that will address the underlying scientific barrier impeding the development of broadly protective, universal influenza vaccines: the human immune response. The Project's influenza vaccine initiative will launch a series of influenza vaccine clinical trials in globally diverse populations beginning early in 2018
Vaxart Announces Positive Topline Results for its Oral Tablet
Vaxart announced today that its H1 influenza oral tablet vaccine demonstrated similar protection against influenza virus as the market-leading injectable quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in a clinical trial. These results met the efficacy objectives of the Phase 2 influenza A clinical study. The oral tablet vaccine also demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile
GlaxoSmithKline"s new boss struggles to sell cure for drugmaker
Nearly seven months into the job, GlaxoSmithKline’s new chief executive is facing a battle to convince investors she has the right prescription for growth at Britain’s biggest drugmaker. Her declared interest in Pfizer’s consumer health unit - expected to carry a price tag of some $15 billion, or maybe more - has crystallized concerns
Union suit: Essentia Health workers ordered to get flu shot or be fired
A labor union in the Duluth area wants a federal judge to prevent Essentia Health from firing employees who refuse to get a flu shot.
New products boost Q3 sales at GSK
Vaccines sales remained flat at £1.7 billion, as a strong performance from meningitis vaccines and continued delivery from influenza products was countered by increased competitive pressures elsewhere.
GSK finances on target but wider picture brings 6% share price drop
There did not appear too much to worry investors in GlaxoSmithKline’s third-quarter financial results. In Vaccines, the top-seller was the influenza product Fluarix/FluLaval, with sales that rose 6% to £343 million
Contraflu Raises Funds to Run Pivotal Clinical Trial for Product to Target Drug-Resistant Influenza
The registration of Cont®aFlu in the EU will open up bidding to big pharma companies active in the flu market looking for a “definite blockbuster” in the niche. It marks the first patented OTC product for the self-treatment of flu that meets all customer needs, the company said in a press statement
Academic studies
Korean Study Urges Flu Vaccine for MG Patients to Prevent Disease Complications
The risk of aggravating myasthenia gravis (MG) is higher in patients who develop influenza-like illness (ILI) than those who have been vaccinated against influenza vaccination, indicating that people with MG should be immunized, a study finds
Study finds flu ravages muscles of zebrafish with muscular dystrophy
After a University of Maine research assistant professor injected the flu virus into the bloodstream of zebrafish with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), damage to their muscles was greatly exacerbated; this indicates that getting a flu vaccine is key for people with muscular dystrophy, says the researcher
Flu forecasting tool uses evolution to make earlier predictions
A new flu forecasting tool 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. The new model accurately predicted the total number of cases for each season in the US from 2002 to 2016, and produced an accurate, real-time prediction for the 2016-17 season before it started last year
Interim results from Australia put flu vaccine effectiveness at 33%
An interim estimate of seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness from Australia found moderate protection against 2009 H1N1 and influenza B, but very low protection against the H3N2 strain. Researchers, basing their findings on two outpatient clinic surveillance networks and information through much of September, reported their findings today in Eurosurveillance.
Vaccines Tied to Relapses in Neuromyelitis Optica
Vaccines may trigger relapses in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), but that risk is diminished if patients are on immunosuppressive therapy, researchers reported here. Researchers assessed NMOSD relapses that occurred 30, 60, or 90 days after vaccinations, including influenza, Tdap, hepatitis, and pneumococcal vaccines. Patients had a total of 211 vaccinations and experienced 340 relapses over a median disease course of 6.6 years.
Pediatric influenza news
State Govt to spend $1M on free kids" flu vaccines
After the worst flu season in recent years, the Queensland Government has announced up to 300,000 children across Queensland would be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year. The free offer, worth $1 million, extends to children under five-years-old
Is it safe to get the flu vaccination during pregnancy?
Influenza can cause fetal death, preterm birth, low birth weight or cause the baby to be born small for gestational age
CDC changes guidelines for vaccinating children against flu
The CDC now recommends that children ages 6 months through 8 years receive the flu shot twice about 28 days apart, and that children over 8 who have only received the vaccine once since they were 6 months old receive two vaccines this flu season to build resistance. Flumist is no longer recommended for anyone because it’s inefficient in delivering the vaccine, according to the CDC
Over 65’s influenza news
Should seniors get high dose flu shot?
A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors may not be worth the extra cost, says the BC Centre for Disease Control. BCCDC's Influenza lead, Danuta Skowronski, said the vaccine is promising in terms of increased protection for people over the age of 65 but not enough to warrant paying eight to 10 times the price. Seniors in B.C. can get a standard dose of the flu vaccine for free but could shell out between $70 and $98, depending on the pharmacy, for the Fluzone high-dose shot
General Influenza News
Module developed to improve adult 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 (AMA).
Japan prepares not to miss out on its share of influenza vaccine
With an increase in the number of influenza patients in the west of Japan, the recommendation is to consult local health clinics to get children and the elderly ready to receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible
How to contain flu from spreading?
In Kashmir, health experts have advised people to adhere to some simple precautions to prevent influenza from spreading and to keep themselves and their families healthy. Doctors have reiterated that vaccination was important and the surest way to prevent H1N1 and other circulating influenza viruses
Less than one in three local hospital employee"s received the flu shot last year
In Ontario, new data shows that less than one third of hospital workers in Waterloo Region got the flu shot last year. This is the second straight year that number has declined.
GPs and pharmacists told not to undermine each other's flu vaccination service
In the UK, NHS managers have written to GPs and community pharmacists warning them not to undermine each other when promoting seasonal flu vaccination services.
How to Stop a Lethal Virus
With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a revolutionary flu vaccine before the next devastating epidemic
INFLUENZA THREAT: 2 years on and Rs 5.6 cr spending, flu lab yet ...
At a time when H1N1 influenza cases are on the rise in Kashmir, the virology laboratory at the Government Medical College Srinagar, which was set up two years ago to provide reliable testing for influenza and other viral diseases, is yet to start working. The defunct lab is an indicator of government’s ill-preparedness for preventing and treating H1N1, which has claimed three lives so far
Health Minister receives flu shot
In Israel, Health Minister Yakov Litzman and Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov on Thursday morning received the annual influenza vaccine at a Jerusalem school, and urged everyone to get immunised against the virus
Influenza Vaccine Coverage Remains Below Healthy People 2020 Targets
At the recent meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), experts offered details on US influenza surveillance and vaccine coverage. The current influenza season is getting off to a typically slow start. Recent epidemiological data show outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses were at 1.3%, which is well below the 2.2% baseline
HSE: We’re ready for flu outbreak
Healthcare services were as prepared as they could be for a flu outbreak, HSE director general, Tony O’Brien, has said. “Our community healthcare organisations, and our hospital groups, have been planning for this winter since before the summer,” he ...
RPS chief executive receives his flu jab
Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, received his seasonal flu vaccine from Abdul Malique Khalisdar, pharmacist manager of Victoria Pharmacy, Westminster, during a staff vaccination clinic
Survey: At least one-quarter of American workers go to work sick
American workers are not doing their part to combat the spread of influenza, according to a new survey by NSF International. The survey suggests that, while nearly everybody judges coworkers who come in when they are sick and more than half of people would tell a sick coworker to go home, at least a quarter of people still turn up at the office while under the weather
"Protect yourself," city official warns as free flu shot clinics kick off Friday
Starting Friday, free flu shots will be available at one of five vaccine clinics held around Toronto. "So far this fall, Toronto Public Health has received 24 reports of lab-confirmed influenza," said Dr. Irene Armstrong, the city's associate medical officer of health. "This is consistent with our experience in previous years." Armstrong said it's difficult to predict what kind of flu season the city will have, so she's encouraging people to get vaccinated
Flu vaccination - now is the best time
Protection is recommended especially for elderly people and chronically ill patients. The city of Düsseldorf is promoting prevention through flu vaccination
Flu vaccination starts Nov. 1, but getting a shot may be more difficult
In January, under pressure from the federal government, Quebec banned doctors from charging "accessory fees" for tasks such as storing vaccines and giving injections. Doctors are also forbidden from selling vaccines from their office. Minister Gaetan Barrette had hoped to work out a way for doctors to get paid for administering vaccines in their office, but told CTV on Wednesday that there were legal obstacles preventing that from happening. Some doctors have told CTV they will stock the free vaccine at their offices even though they cannot charge patients for the service but many will not.
Burden of disease
First Reported Influenza Cases in Delaware
The Delaware Division of Public Health has found the state's first laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza for the 2017-2018 flu season. According to the DPH, six individuals have been diagnosed with the flu in October. Three of them were hospitalized due to the illness
Have you gotten your flu shot? First cases have been confirmed
The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that 92 flu cases were officially confirmed statewide through Oct. 21, with 54 of those cases confirmed just last week