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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 30th Oct 2017

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4 vaccines older adults need to protect their health
One dose of the flu vaccine every year is recommended for all age groups. A higher-dose vaccination is an option for adults 65 and up. The high-dose vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose) and a flu vaccine with adjuvant (FLUAD) were made to create a higher immune response and designed specifically for people 65 years and older
Pandemic Influenza News
First case of highly pathogenic flu A(H5N8) in wild bird in Cyprus
Cyprus notified the OIE that a wild bird had been found dead and infected with highly pathogenic Avian Flu A(H5N8) in September. It is the first time A(H5N8) has been detected in Cyprus
Study: Mutated H7N9 virus can pass more easily
A veterinary institute in China has found that the H7N9 bird flu virus has mutated, making the infection of animals significantly easier, but a Chinese health official said the mutation will not increase the risk of human-to-human transmission
Avian influenza detected in S. Korea
In South Korea, a state environmental research institute said that the avian influenza virus has been detected in wild bird droppings in Gwangwon Province. The National Institute of Environmental Research under the environment ministry said that the type H5N3 virus was found in excretions of wild birds
Can we predict the world’s next pandemic?
A new Australian study, published this week by Jemma Geoghegan from Macquarie University and Edward Holmes from the University of Sydney, argued it’s impossible to predict a global outbreak because there are too many variables. They said efforts will fail because the enormous number of unknown viruses could evolve and appear in humans at any time. “The [Global Virome Project] will be great for understanding more about viruses and their evolution, but I don’t see how it’ll help us work out what’s going to infect us,” Dr Geoghegan said
Industry News
What Australia"s bad flu season might mean for us
FluMist is gone for now, but not forgotten by those who abhore needles. After studies showed that the nasal spray option did not protect as well against the H1N1 flu strain, manufacturers pulled it off the market. They’re working on a more effective version and as soon as they have one available — perhaps as early as next year — it likely will be available once more, experts say
New initiative to accelerate development of universal 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
Flu vaccine make-up day
The flu vaccine for the 2017-2018 influenza season is now available at Argonne. This year the quadrivalent flu vaccine being offered is Flucelvax, which does not pose any risks for egg or latex allergies and does not contain thimerosal or antibiotics
Zydus Nesher Pharma gets USFDA nod to market influenza drug
Zydus Cadila said Nesher Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of its US arm, has received final approval from the US health regulator to market Oseltamivir used for treatment and prevention of influenza
Academic studies
Evolution-informed forecasting of seasonal influenza A(H3N2)
In a study, scientists developed a model which they used to predict that H3N2 in the pending 2016/2017 season would be at a higher incidence than has been seen recently and would involve substantial antigenic change in the hemagglutinin. Being able to predict this type of information could affect influenza countermeasures worldwide
Can Vaccinations Increase Or Decrease Risk for Type 1 Diabetes?
A study did not find any increased risk of islet autoimmunity, multiple islet autoantibodies or type 1 diabetes in children who were given the Pandemrix flu vaccination. Pandemrix might reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes by unknown mechanism, but additional studies are needed
Albany Med, RPI get federal grants for research on cancer, flu
Albany Medical Center's Assistant Professor Qi Yang has received a $1.6 million, five-year grant to investigate how aging may increase susceptibility to influenza, as well as potential ways to improve flu resistance for the elderly
Potent peptidic fusion inhibitors of influenza virus
Drugs for influenza are limited, and viral resistance is rife; the virus is also constantly mutating. Researchers tested the cell entry stage of the virus life cycle as a drug target.They generated small cyclic peptides that bind to the same sites on HA as the antibodies and mimic their activity. The peptides prevented infection of cells by many types of influenza virus
Scientists Develop Broad-Spectrum Inhibitors of Influenza Viruses
A team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research & Development has devised artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains.
Influenza Oral Tablet Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase 2 Trial
An investigational H1 influenza oral tablet vaccine (Vaxart) was found to provide similar protection against influenza as an injectable quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in a Phase 2 clinical trial.
Flu Vax May Improve Outcomes in Other Illnesses
Even when the flu vaccine doesn't prevent disease, it can ease some of the consequences, researchers said. In a small single-center study, vaccinated patients admitted to hospital with the flu were significantly less likely to need mechanical ventilation and to suffer acute kidney injury, according to Twinkle Chandak, MBBS, of the Berkshire Medical Center in Lenox, Massachusetts
Pediatric influenza news
Family flu alert: Nasal spray no longer an option for kids
In the U.S., the nasal spray no longer is recommended for children. The CDC said FluMist Quadrivalent shouldn’t be used because of ineffectiveness in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 flu seasons. So that means needles for everyone, something that may not make young children, or their parents, happy
Swine flu vaccine safe for pregnant women
Dismissing negative apprehensions over the impact of swine flu vaccine on pregnant women, Doctors Association Kashmir led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said the flu vaccine can be safely given at any stage of pregnancy
The Americas Lead in the Vaccination of Pregnant Women Against Influenza
The Region of the Americas is a leader in vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, a public health problem that for future mothers, newborns, and other high-risk populations can mean severe disease, complications, and hospitalization
Should Your Partner Get Any Vaccines To Keep Baby Safe? There's An Easy Answer
According to pediatrician Dr. Sarah Kohl, M.D., it's very important that dads or partners are up to date on all of their routine vaccines. "I always recommend an annual flu vaccine for parents," Kohl says, "because newborns are in a high-risk group of bad outcomes from influenza due to their age and immunity levels (or lack thereof)
Over 65’s influenza news
Family flu alert: Nasal spray no longer an option for kids
In the U.S., the nasal spray no longer is recommended for children. The CDC said FluMist Quadrivalent shouldn’t be used because of ineffectiveness in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 flu seasons. So that means needles for everyone, something that may not make young children, or their parents, happy
Swine flu vaccine safe for pregnant women
Dismissing negative apprehensions over the impact of swine flu vaccine on pregnant women, Doctors Association Kashmir led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said the flu vaccine can be safely given at any stage of pregnancy
The Americas Lead in the Vaccination of Pregnant Women Against Influenza
The Region of the Americas is a leader in vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, a public health problem that for future mothers, newborns, and other high-risk populations can mean severe disease, complications, and hospitalization
General Influenza News
Flu season: UAB experts recommend everyone to receive their yearly influenza vaccine
Recent reports show that Australia has seen its worst flu season on record. Kevin Harrod, Ph.D., the Benjamin Monroe Carraway Endowed Chair and professor in the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, says what happens in the southern hemisphere is usually indicative of what type of flu season will occur in the northern hemisphere. Harrod says this year's vaccines are combating the H3N2 strain and B strains of influenza. He added that H3N2 viruses cause worse disease in the elderly and young children
Flu activity picking up in Washington: protect yourself now
In Washington State, health officials are already seeing influenza cases across the state, and they expect the number to rise in the coming weeks. People are urged to get a flu shot now as the best line of defense against flu
A bad dose of flu could endanger the Government’s health
In Ireland, the HSE has been putting in place detailed preparations for a bad flu outbreak, with a national steering group in charge of the response. The Department of Health reckons that the strain in Australia at present is the same one that was prevalent in Ireland last year and so the Irish vaccine should be a good match, though even if so, it will only be effective in 50-60 per cent of cases
UK at risk as more than 500,000 missing out on flu jab, says Labour
More than half a million adults over 65 and almost 350,000 toddlers could miss out on their flu vaccinations after a failure to meet government targets, Labour has said. Flu vaccination rates among over-65s have fallen each year since 2011/12, when it was 74%. Last year the figure was 70.5%. Predicting a further drop to 70% this winter, Labour says that would mean 500,000 people aged 65 and over left unprotected, who would have been vaccinated if the 75% target was met
Flu Season Predictions
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine study the pattern of the flu in the southern hemisphere to examine how it may affect us. “There is every reason to expect that we could have a severe flu season this year,” said Dr. Robert Atmar, professor and interim chief of the section of infectious diseases at Baylor. “This year I would predict that the major virus that will circulate is an influenza a H3N2. If that’s correct, that virus normally is associated with a lot more death, a lot more hospitalization,” Dr. Pedro Piedra, BCM pediatric infectious disease specialist, said
National Organizations Team Up To Provide No-Cost Flu Vaccinations to The Underinsured
FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens and the United Way, are providing a series of community health clinic events at no-cost to make the flu vaccination more accessible in communities throughout the country. Their collective goal is to to help deliver flu shots to uninsured and underinsured residents
Univ. Chicago Scientists Develop Tool to Predict Severity of Flu Season
Although public health officials track the spread of flu in order to identify which viruses should be included in each year’s vaccination, it can be difficult to predict how bad a specific flu season will be until people start getting sick. But a new flu forecasting tool developed by University of Chicago researchers could give public health officials a boost. UChicago says the tool, which combines data about how the virus spreads with an estimate of how much the current virus evolved compared to recent years, accurately predicted the total number of flu cases for each season in the U.S. from 2002 to 2016 when compared to historical data
Secretary of State Stefano Giannini: calls out the hypocrital stance of the Five Star Movement over Vaccines
The issue has been unecessarily politicized by the group and is now sensitized in the minds of some Five Star supporters, particularly in the municipality of Cattolica, where they've passed statements on compulsory vaccination policy that ought to be out of the domain of politics and driven by science.
Anti-vaccination mum Rebecca Bredow fights to avoid her son being immunised after jail time
A mother who served jail time for violating a court order to have her son vaccinated is asking a US judge to prevent any future vaccinations. Rebecca Bredow’s lawyer Clarence Dass says she will have to convince an Oakland County judge that avoiding future vaccinations is “in the best interests of the child.”
Flu shot: Quebec expects nearly 2 million doses as campaign targets infants, elderly
Quebec is launching its annual flu vaccination campaign Wednesday, and medical authorities are stressing the importance of prevention, especially for young children and seniors. Dr. Yves Jalbert, deputy director of Public Health Protection, said the vaccine is highly recommended for infants six to 23 months old, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, and those over the age of 60
Influenza vaccine has many benefits, even for non-targeted at-risk groups
An Infectious Diseases consultant writes about the positive effects of the flu vaccine: "Influenza vaccination begs the case for free use. The more we use it, the greater benefits our population will have. This comes from better herd immunity and thus population protection, reduction of heart attacks, freeing of hospital beds, and lesser morbidity of pneumonia and heart diseases."
CDC confirms new H1N2v flu case in Ohio
The CDC in its weekly FluView report, noted a new case of variant influenza A reported in Ohio involving variant H1N2. So far this year, there have been 62 variant cases of flu reported, most connected to swine exhibitions at county fairs in a handful of states. The new case occurred in a child was exposed to swine at a county fair in August. Of the 62 variant cases, 59 have been of the H3N2v and just 3, all in Ohio, have been H1N2v
Worst flu season blamed on "cheap vaccine"
More than 217,000 Australians had laboratory confirmed cases of the flu this year. Doctors are blaming the $6 budget version of the flu vaccine used in the national vaccination program for the problem. A vaccine that is four times stronger and costs $8 per dose has been found to be 24% more effective in preventing influenza and cuts the risk of hospitalisation for respiratory illness by 12.7%. It is not available in Australia
Burden of disease
Doctors braced for winter flu outbreak amid fears over vaccine
Doctors in Britain are bracing themselves for an outbreak of flu in the next few weeks that could match Australia’s recent epidemic – one of the worst for a decade. At least 170,000 cases were confirmed at the end of the Australian winter, more than twice as many as in 2016. Federal health officials say they logged 72 flu-related deaths among this year’s total
Flu strikes early in Montana, but vaccine looks strong
At least 16 Montanans already have been hospitalized for the flu since September, and almost 40 cases confirmed across the state, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help keep the virus from spreading. All of the hospitalized patients have been older than 60 and unvaccinated
Swine flu scare over for now, but may be back early next year
A swine flu outbreak that killed more than 2,000 people this year in India appears to have waned for now, experts said on Friday, but warned of a seasonal flare-up of the highly-contagious H1N1 virus early next year
90% of the deaths due to influenza in 2016 where found to be people who were not vaccinated against influenza
Ninety percent of people who died last year due to influenza had not received the vaccine and were among the risk groups, according to the Secretary of Health of the State Government Monica Liliana Rangel Martínez. She also mentioned the epidemiological news of the week which shows the prevalence of two cases which have just occurred in the municipality of Ciudad Valles.