"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 3rd Nov 2017

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Turbo influenza vaccine to be rolled out in Australia after deaths in horror season
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said in-principle agreements had been reached with two companies to provide stronger flu shots that would target older people; Seqirus will produce FLUAD, which contains an adjuvant, and Sanofi Pasteur will produce Fluzone High Dose, which contains four times the antigen of a standard seasonal influenza vaccine
Pandemic Influenza News
Researchers develop bird flu diagnostic device
Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu. The device could be used by a vet on-farm, using a carbohydrate-based chemical, developed in ID's Norwich Research Park laboratories, which latches on to the avian influenza virus, providing an instant diagnosis
Will the deadly bird flu virus become a threat to humans worldwide at some point in the future?
A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo and other research institutions found in research that the bird flu virus H7N9 has so far infected about 1,600 people worldwide. Of those affected, around 40 percent died as a result of the disease a high mortality rate. They examined its future potential
Industry News
Here’s why the 2017 flu season was so bad
Australia has recorded 221,853 flu infections so far in 2017; a better vaccine could have reduced the rates, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week. Stopping flu viruses requires vaccines that are effective in those who most efficiently carry and spread the virus – pre-school and school-aged children
New broadly protective vaccines for H3N2 influenza
A collaborative research and development partnership between researchers at the University of Georgia and Sanofi Pasteur has resulted in the identification of a vaccine candidate that protects against multiple co-circulating strains of H3N2 influenza isolated over five seasons following testing in mouse and ferret models
Aviragen Therapeutics Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results
Aviragen announced its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2017. “Earlier this week we were pleased to announce the culmination of our strategic review process with the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Vaxart, which we believe complements Aviragen’s focus on infectious diseases. With recently reported positive safety and efficacy data in both influenza and norovirus, Vaxart is well-positioned to create both short and long-term value for our stockholders,” said Joseph M. Patti, Ph.D., President and CEO of Aviragen
Flu proves to be a good revenue stream for Sanofi
Over the first 9 months of the year, Sanofi Pasteur's sales of flu vaccines were over a billion Euros. Sanofi is expanding one of its French plants in order to produce Vaxigrip Tetra; it is currently negotiating with the French government regarding pricing in France
This Universal Jab Will Make the Flu a Horrible, Distant Memory
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the National Institutes of Health, explains that “the efficacy of the seasonal [flu] vaccine is variable and never really is as effective as the vaccines we have for smallpox, measles, polio, and things like that.” He has made it a core mission of NIAID to develop a universal flu shot. The British are already ahead of the U.S. with human testing, with the NHS recruiting 500 patients aged 65 or older to take part in a new clinical trial to test an experimental flu vaccine
Influenza surveillance with rapid test network a ‘win-win’ situation
Researchers have developed a method to transmit rapid influenza detection test results wirelessly, which may help realize the “long-sought after goal of real-time influenza surveillance,” according to findings in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Academic studies
Flu researchers discover new mechanism for battling influenza
Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism by which the human immune system tries to battle the influenza A virus. The discovery sheds new light on how the virus often wins, and it could ultimately lead to new treatments. The paper focuses on two key molecular players in the story of influenza infection: a human protein called TRIM25, and a protein called NS1
Religious Festivals Linked to Major Flu Outbreaks
Flu vaccination programs should take large religious gatherings into account, researchers say. Scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China, say they have studied flu infection rates in a number of Middle Eastern countries and their link with religious festivals for the first time. And they say their results have important implications for the timing of vaccination programs
End-of-season influenza vaccine effectiveness in adults and children, United Kingdom, 2016/17
An analysis of end-of-season influenza vaccine effectiveness in adults and children in the UK (2016/2017) found that in a season dominated by early circulation of influenza A(H3N2), there was moderate overall VE in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza in primary care. Although seasonal influenza vaccine was effective against influenza A(H3N2) infection in younger adults, there was no evidence of significant effectiveness of inactivated vaccine in people aged 65 or older. On the contrary, in children there was good effectiveness for LAIV4 against influenza A(H3N2) and a suggestion of effectiveness against influenza B
Four-in-one flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu
A vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains appears to provide broad protection against the virus, according to new research by a team from the Nebraska Center for Virology. Mice protected by the unconventional vaccine survived exposure to lethal doses of seven of nine widely divergent influenza viruses. Those that received higher doses of the vaccine didn't even get sick. In contrast, mice that received traditional flu shots or nasal sprays all sickened and died when exposed to the same viruses
Pediatric influenza news
Public Health Wales Urges all Pregnant Women to get their Flu Vaccine this Winter
The annual campaign to encourage people in eligible groups across Wales to have a vaccination to protect themselves from influenza is being launched. The Beat Flu campaign, led by Public Health Wales, encourages those who need it most to get protection each year against influenza
Pregnant women urged to get free flu jab
Doctors and nurses are calling for all pregnant women to make sure they have booked into a flu clinic if they have not had it already. Last winter only 46.5 per cent of pregnant women in West Sussex had the flu jab, this is higher than the national total (44.9 per cent); but isn’t high enough and meant that more than one in two pregnant women were not protected
Get your kids vaccinated because they are 'super-spreaders' of flu - and there's no needles
England’s top medic is urging parents to get their children vaccinated for the flu as they are “super spreaders” of the illness. Professor Dame Sally Davies, who is chief medical officer for England, said a flu shot protects both the vaccinated child, and others around them
‘Fake news’ warning to East Sussex parents over flu vaccine
In the UK, all children aged two to eight should receive a free nasal spray each winter, but last year only a third of two to four year-olds in the county were vaccinated, according to the county council. Health officials say false rumours being circulated about the potential side-effects of the vaccine are discouraging parents from vaccinating their child – placing their health at risk
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General Influenza News
Many doctors, nurses working when sick with contagious infections
According to a new study, 4 in 10 health care professionals are turning up for work even when they are down with a contagious infection such as a flu. Lead researcher Sophia Chiu, MD, MPH, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health called these numbers alarming explaining that patients are exposed to “healthcare associated infection” which they are five times more likely to contract when they come in contact with a healthcare professional who reports with a flu like illness
Health authorities stepping up their flu vaccination programme after 4 H3N2 cases
With four recorded cases of AH3N2 at the beginning of November, the local health authorities announced they planned to intensify the vaccination programme to fight futher outbreak
Hospital chiefs promote the flu vaccination
The flu season is upon us. Starting in January, it will endanger the elderly, the chronically ill and those who are in contact with other groups of people. The best time to protect yourself through vaccination is now. On Wednesday, Steffen Grebner, Chairman of the Executive Board of Ernst-von-Bergmann-Klinikum hospital, and Hubertus Wenisch, Medical Director, stepped forward to and set a good example
Strong demand means some providers short of flu vaccine in Kelowna
In Canada, strong demand has left some local pharmacies and clinics short of this year’s flu vaccine but the Interior Health Authority says there’s more than enough to go around. Immunization manager Pamela de Bruin said the health authority has ordered 240,000 doses of the vaccine, 30,000 more than last year and that distribution to over 800 clinics and pharmacies is in full swing. “There is no shortage. The vaccine arrives in batches over several weeks and is redistributed to literally hundreds of places,” de Bruin said
Quebec kicks off flu vaccination campaign amid worries over influenza A
Just in time for a seasonal change in weather that included chillier temperatures and mucky weather, Quebec launched its flu vaccination campaign Nov. 1. This year people in health-care services are especially worried about influenza A
Due to Low Vaccination Rates, Influenza Becoming More Dangerous
The WHO and the European Council advise vaccination against influenza for at least 75 percent of people in whom the disease could cause serious complications. However, in Croatia, just 20 percent of such persons get vaccinated, and there has been growing scepticism regarding vaccines since the flu epidemic of 2009
Health Ministry: No influenza epidemic in Ukraine
On October 23-29, the influenza activity remained low in Ukraine. The influenza and ARVI epidemic threshold has not been exceeded. Since the beginning of the season, 8,256 people have got vaccinated against the flu
'Super' flu vaccine to be rolled out in wake of horror flu season
A ‘super’ flu vaccine is being considered to protect vulnerable Australians in the wake of the country’s worst flu season on record. A special meeting of Commonwealth health experts is being brought forward to also assess whether a new “sniff” vaccine should be introduced to the National Immunisation Scheme for children aged under five-years-old
What the flu can and cannot do to you - explained for readers
The wet, the cold, central heating and stale air circulating - one thing is for certain the flu viruses will come again this year. You should still get vaccinated. Who should do that and how safe is the vaccine? Der Spiegel explains to readers
Should pharmacists also be vaccinating people against the flu?
A discussion of this recurring issue between a representative from the pharmacy industry and GPs - considering its implications and benefits
Burden of disease
Start of flu season brings three deaths in Alberta
Flu season has already struck hard in Alberta, where three people have died and 90 patients have been hospitalized after contracting the virus. The health authority’s statistics show more than 424,00 Albertans had received the seasonal flu vaccine as of Oct. 28. The province ordered 1.6 million doses, enough to immunize about 35 per cent of the population
Two Die From The Flu In NC
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 flu season. According to the department, two adults died from complications of the influenza infection between mid to late October