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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 6th Oct 2017

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Holly Springs company on the forefront of new flu shot technology Seqirus is leading the world in producing a new type of flu vaccine. "We're charged with a mission for keeping healthy people healthy," said Chad Salisbury, director of supply chain and strategy with Seqirus. Seqirus became the first influenza vaccine company to produce a cell-based influenza vaccine on a commercial scale
DDF 2017: Choosing a CRO, and the implications of new R2 regulations Karen Gardner, senior director of clinical development at Seqirus, talks about the fact that “small biotechs spend a lot less money than the bigger biotechs, but they still get the delivery outcomes.” When choosing a CRO, quality does matter, she adds
Liverpool City Region LEP strengthens board Seven new private sector members have been appointed to the Board of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help drive the City Region’s economic growth over the next three years. Among the new members is Laura O’Brien, VP & Site Head at Seqirus
Bird flu virus hits Johannesburg The bird flu virus has now hit Johannesburg with 581 birds culled since last month. The City of Johannesburg says most bird carcasses found have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus
Visterra adds $24M to series C to take flu drug to phase 2b Visterra has extended its series C round to fund the advance of its lead candidate into phase 2b. It now has the money to wrap up a phase 2a of influenza A treatment VIS410 in ambulatory patients and start a phase 2b of the same monoclonal antibody in hospitalized patients
'Less precise' study offers another take on FluMist performance A new study provides data showing the live attenuated inactive virus (LAIV) FluMist vaccine was effective in children during the 2015-16 flu season, seemingly contradicting work published 2 months ago that suggested the vaccine offered no protection to recipients in that age-group that year
Woman claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving swine flu vaccine The Health Products Regulatory Authority has been joined as a defendant in a personal injury case by a woman who claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving a vaccine for the swine flu virus. Aoife Bennett is among an estimated 70 people who have brought cases against the Minister for Health, the HSE and Glaxosmithkline over being given the Pandemrix vaccine
Shionogi To Present S-033188 Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 Study Results For Treatment Of Influenza At IDWeek 2017 Shionogi announced it will report results of a S-033188 Phase 3 study in otherwise healthy influenza patients (CAPSTONE-1) at IDWeek 2017. S-033188 is a novel cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor with potent anti-viral efficacy for the treatment of influenza
Protein-folding mechanism speeds up flu virus evolution Researchers have found that flu viruses’ rapid evolution relies in part on their ability to hijack some of the cellular machinery of the infected host cell. The MIT team showed that a class of cellular proteins known as chaperones, which influence protein folding, can direct the flu virus towards developing certain types of mutations
New tool aims to predict influenza risk Researchers have created a tool to help determine a child’s risk of having influenza and reduce the number being treated unnecessarily. The Suspected Pediatric Influenza Risk-Stratification Algorithm “aids clinicians in determining who to test versus who to treat empirically, saving children from costly viral testing or unnecessary antiviral exposure,” authors wrote
Effective Influenza Vaccine for Elderly Remains Elusive A meta-analysis of studies examining seasonal immunization effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for severe influenza has found that less protection is achieved in the elderly, particularly against influenza A(H3N2) viruses
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Holly Springs company on the forefront of new flu shot technology
Seqirus is leading the world in producing a new type of flu vaccine. "We're charged with a mission for keeping healthy people healthy," said Chad Salisbury, director of supply chain and strategy with Seqirus. Seqirus became the first influenza vaccine company to produce a cell-based influenza vaccine on a commercial scale
DDF 2017: Choosing a CRO, and the implications of new R2 regulations
Karen Gardner, senior director of clinical development at Seqirus, talks about the fact that “small biotechs spend a lot less money than the bigger biotechs, but they still get the delivery outcomes.” When choosing a CRO, quality does matter, she adds
Liverpool City Region LEP strengthens board
Seven new private sector members have been appointed to the Board of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help drive the City Region’s economic growth over the next three years. Among the new members is Laura O’Brien, VP & Site Head at Seqirus
Flu shot season is here
Among the news for the 2017/2018 flu season is that two new quadrivalent flu vaccines have been licensed: one inactivated influenza vaccine (“Afluria Quadrivalent” IIV) and one recombinant influenza vaccine (“Flublok Qudrivalent” RIV)
Pandemic Influenza News
Bird flu virus hits Johannesburg
The bird flu virus has now hit Johannesburg with 581 birds culled since last month. The City of Johannesburg says most bird carcasses found have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus
The fight against the flu
The National Institutes of Health announced that assistant professor of biochemistry Tijana Ivanovic has received a New Innovator Award to conduct research that may improve our chances of forecasting a flu pandemic
H7N9 Flu Changes Worry Experts
Flu experts are watching China uneasily after some unsettling changes in the H7N9 avian influenza A strain during the 2016-17 epidemic in that country. The fifth wave of the virus saw a "huge surge in cases," the CDC's Tim Uyeki, MD, told a symposium at the annual IDWeek meeting
Preparing for Pandemics and Streamlining Vaccine Development
Preparing for a pandemic in the best way is not a single-pronged strategy. Multiple factors are the rule. Given this reality, the threat must be detected early and the response must be swift and effective. Biomedical research is crucial to this process, as is vaccine development
Industry News
Flu vaccine shortage in Queensland pharmacies again
Queensland pharmacies are in the midst of yet another shortage of Tamiflu, as sick patients turn to local compound pharmacists to produce the medication
Woman claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving swine flu vaccine
The Health Products Regulatory Authority has been joined as a defendant in a personal injury case by a woman who claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving a vaccine for the swine flu virus. Aoife Bennett is among an estimated 70 people who have brought cases against the Minister for Health, the HSE and Glaxosmithkline over being given the Pandemrix vaccine
Shionogi To Present S-033188 Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 Study Results For Treatment Of Influenza At IDWeek 2017
Shionogi announced it will report results of a S-033188 Phase 3 study in otherwise healthy influenza patients (CAPSTONE-1) at IDWeek 2017. S-033188 is a novel cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor with potent anti-viral efficacy for the treatment of influenza
Panther Fusion Flu A/B/RSV Assay Now FDA Cleared on Hologic's New Panther Fusion System
Hologic announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration for its Panther Fusion Flu A/B/RSV assay running on the new Panther Fusion system
Visterra adds $24M to series C to take flu drug to phase 2b
Visterra has extended its series C round to fund the advance of its lead candidate into phase 2b. It now has the money to wrap up a phase 2a of influenza A treatment VIS410 in ambulatory patients and start a phase 2b of the same monoclonal antibody in hospitalized patients
'Less precise' study offers another take on FluMist performance
A new study provides data showing the live attenuated inactive virus (LAIV) FluMist vaccine was effective in children during the 2015-16 flu season, seemingly contradicting work published 2 months ago that suggested the vaccine offered no protection to recipients in that age-group that year
Oxford team to test universal influenza vaccine
Researchers at Oxford University and the biotech firm Vaccitech plan to launch a 2-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients to evaluate a universal influenza vaccine
Academic studies
Protein-folding mechanism speeds up flu virus evolution
Researchers have found that flu viruses’ rapid evolution relies in part on their ability to hijack some of the cellular machinery of the infected host cell. The MIT team showed that a class of cellular proteins known as chaperones, which influence protein folding, can direct the flu virus towards developing certain types of mutations
Pediatric influenza news
Child flu vaccination programme underway in Isles
Parents of 2-5 year olds in the Western Isles are encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring their children get their flu vaccination. GP practices across the NHS Western Isles area are providing the free nasal flu vaccine in a bid to ensure young children are protected
Children’s Health: Older siblings a risk factor for serious flu infections in infants
Having older brothers and sisters puts infants at higher risk for being hospitalised with the flu. Researchers studied 1,115 hospital admissions of children under two born in Scotland from 2007 to 2015. Compared to a firstborn child, a second-born child under six months old was more than two and a half times as likely to be hospitalised
Thousands of school children to be offered flu vaccination
Thousands of children in Rotherham, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and Doncaster will be offered the free flu vaccination. Now parents are being urged to take up the offer of protecting their child in this way
New tool aims to predict influenza risk
Researchers have created a tool to help determine a child’s risk of having influenza and reduce the number being treated unnecessarily. The Suspected Pediatric Influenza Risk-Stratification Algorithm “aids clinicians in determining who to test versus who to treat empirically, saving children from costly viral testing or unnecessary antiviral exposure,” authors wrote
10 Immunizations That Are Recommended for Infants
The influenza vaccine should be administered to all infants starting at 6 months of age. The live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended for the 2017 to 2018 flu season due to research demonstrating a lack of efficacy
Over 65’s influenza news
Effective Influenza Vaccine for Elderly Remains Elusive
A meta-analysis of studies examining seasonal immunization effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for severe influenza has found that less protection is achieved in the elderly, particularly against influenza A(H3N2) viruses
General Influenza News
Campaign to create awareness on seasonal influenza vaccination
In Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation has launched the national campaign to raise awareness about seasonal influenza vaccination
Health Department urging New Yorkers to get the flu shot
The New York Health Department is urging New Yorkers to get the flu shot this year. Health officials says adults aged 65 years or older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children and pregnant women are among those at highest risk for severe flu complications
Flu Epidemic Outbreak in Bulgaria at the End of the Year
The flu strains "Hong Kong" and "Michigan" are expected to hit Bulgaria in a month. Unlike swine flu, which mainly affected people of working age, the new strains are expected to affect mostly the elderly and young children
Regional hospitals earn plaudits for high vaccination rates
Sleepy Eye Medical Center, River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter and Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic all earned blue ribbons in the Minnesota Department of Health’s FluSafe program for having more than 90 percent of its staff vaccinated last year
Vaccination appeal – time to get vaccinated, particularly the elderly who are most at risk
State health authorities across Germany are gearing up through vaccination appeals saying to Germans it is time to get vaccinated, particularly the elderly who are most at risk
Flu is here: get vaccinated
Nearly 12 million French people are entitled to a free flu shot as they belong to at-risk groups. Last year’s vaccine was not very efficient and there’s no telling how well matched this year’s will be
Makati City steps up anti-flu vaccination drive
Makati City has launched a city-wide anti-influenza vaccination program for young students in all public schools and city government employees to curb the number of flu cases. The Makati Health Department started administering the quadrivalent flu vaccine to public school students from kindergarten to grade six
VIDEO: Influenza vaccination among HCWs a ‘patient safety issue’
Infectious Disease News Editorial Board member William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, stresses the importance of influenza vaccination among health care workers and says that providers can increase vaccination rates among patients by being “a flu vaccine insister”
Influenza Vaccine Good Match for Circulating Strains
Influenza activity in the U.S. was low during the summer months, and most of the detected strains match the 2017 to 2018 vaccine, the CDC has reported
CDC encouraging early flu shots to prepare for flu season
Peak flu season is still a couple of months away, but the CDC says to go ahead and get your shot. There is no 100 percent guarantee, but health officials say it is still the best line of defence
Health Officials Say It Could Be A Bad Flu Season
In spite of the yearly recommendations, doctors say fewer than 50 percent of Americans get the annual flu shot, leading to more than nine million flu-related illnesses a year and 12,000 deaths. Steven Alles, the Director of Disease Control at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health got his flu shot and is urging everyone else to follow his lead
Burden of disease
Every third swine flu sample in Rajasthan testing positive, government tells HC
Swine flu positive cases from among the samples sent for test increased more than three times this year in Rajasthan compared to last year, said a state government report
Surge in influenza cases in Western health district with 1300 confirmed cases
More than 1000 extra influenza cases have been confirmed in the Western NSW Local Health district in September compared to September last year. A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said there were 1300 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza across the health district last month, compared to 297 notifications in September 2016
Flu season has arrived in N.H.
This year’s flu virus has already infected people in New Hampshire, according to the NH Department of Health Services, and local health practitioners are urging residents to get vaccinated now
Flu cases reported in Michigan, health officials urge flu shot
Flu cases are popping up in Michigan this season, and health officials are urging that people six months and older get vaccinated

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 5th Oct 2017

News Highlights
BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017 BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
H5N8 virus still present in northern Italy In northern Italy, 9 new H5N8 outbreaks were reported in September
Atriva captures $3.5m seed funding German biotech Atriva has received $3.5m to fund clinical development and proof of concept for its lead candidate targeting influenza by 2018 and 2019
Flu vaccines still useful despite mismatch with WHO recommendations, Hong Kong experts say Hong Kong health chiefs and local doctors said that the city’s flu vaccinations should still be effective, despite the shots containing a different strain to the one most recently recommended by the global health watchdog
Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage In Australia, a national approach to pharmacist-administered vaccines could help boost immunisation rates, one pharmacy academic says; the University of Sydney’s Professor Peter Carroll, with colleague Jane Hanrahan investigated how influenza vaccines administered by pharmacists played out in the community setting
Michigan mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son A mother in the U.S. state of Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated
Vaccination campaign to fight flu begins Friday Seasonal flu vaccines will be available in French pharmacies from 6th October, and at-risk groups are being invited to get their shot for free; only Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be reimbursed by social security
Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic The authors discuss the three options available to prepare against a flu epidemic: vaccination, antivirals, and hygiene interventions. They believe that ‘most attention is focused on vaccination, which is curious, because its effectiveness is disappointing’
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BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
BioCryst announced that interim results from a clinical trial of a single IV dose of RAPIVAB for the treatment of pediatric influenza will be presented at IDWeek 2017, taking place in San Diego, October 4-8, 2017
‘Miserable’ flu season expected
Flu patients sometimes need treatment with prescription medications called anti-viral drugs, including Tamiflu, Rapivab or Relenza, which work best when taken within 48 hours of the start of the flu symptoms
Pandemic Influenza News
H5N8 virus still present in northern Italy
In northern Italy, 9 new H5N8 outbreaks were reported in September
Industry News
Atriva captures $3.5m seed funding
German biotech Atriva has received $3.5m to fund clinical development and proof of concept for its lead candidate targeting influenza by 2018 and 2019
New universal flu jab being trialled
The world's first widespread human testing of a flu vaccine which researchers hope will protect more over 65-year-olds against influenza has begun in the NHS. More than 10,000 people aged 65 and over will be asked to take part in a study delivered by the University of Oxford
Trade body touts accomplishments of Australian biotech sector
AusBiotech has released its annual report, showcasing the accomplishments of the Australian biopharmaceutical sector and lobbying for the preservation of tax incentives for research and development. While the biotech sector is led by CSL, smaller companies have been noted for significant growth potential
Flu vaccines still useful despite mismatch with WHO recommendations, Hong Kong experts say
Hong Kong health chiefs and local doctors said that the city’s flu vaccinations should still be effective, despite the shots containing a different strain to the one most recently recommended by the global health watchdog
Academic studies
Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage
In Australia, a national approach to pharmacist-administered vaccines could help boost immunisation rates, one pharmacy academic says; the University of Sydney’s Professor Peter Carroll, with colleague Jane Hanrahan investigated how influenza vaccines administered by pharmacists played out in the community setting
House Call: Experts unconvinced by study on flu vaccine and miscarriage
A recent study suggests an association between miscarriage and previous receipt of influenza vaccines containing the A/H1n1 pdm2009 (pH1N1) antigen--but medical professionals say, this should not keep pregnant women from receiving the flu shot."It means we should look into it more," said Dr. Seth Sullivan from Baylor Scott & White Health. "But not getting the flu vaccine puts pregnant women and their unborn babies at a much greater risk than this research suggests"
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General Influenza News
Vaccination campaign to fight flu begins Friday
Seasonal flu vaccines will be available in French pharmacies from 6th October, and at-risk groups are being invited to get their shot for free; only Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be reimbursed by social security
Pharmacy flu service should not be marred by veiled threats from GPs
In the UK, the flu service needs to become an example of patient-centric working between GPs and pharmacists, says Phoenix UK's Steve Anderson
South Tynesiders urged to get winter flu vaccine as winter approaches
Frontline NHS staff in South Tyneside are urging members of the public who are at risk from flu to take up their offer of a free vaccine as soon as possible
Michigan mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son
A mother in the U.S. state of Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated
520,000 doses of anti-flu vaccine readied for a vaccination campaign in Mexico
In Tamaulipas state, Mexico, people are urged to get immunised against the flu, starting with the at-risk groups
Now is the right time for your winter flu injection – your questions answered
Now is the right time for your winter flu injection – your questions answered
Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic
The authors discuss the three options available to prepare against a flu epidemic: vaccination, antivirals, and hygiene interventions. They believe that ‘most attention is focused on vaccination, which is curious, because its effectiveness is disappointing’
Health Ministry influenza vaccination campaign continues
In Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health, in co-operation with the Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, continues to implement a national campaign to raise awareness about vaccination against seasonal influenza
Flu cases show early uptick; get your yearly vaccine soon
Twenty Coloradans have been hospitalized with flu since Aug. 1, about double the number of cases the state usually sees this time of year. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment urges Coloradans ages 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, ideally before the end of October
How Walgreens overcomes 'consumer complacency' during flu-shot season
Like many pharmacies, Walgreens offers walk-in flu shots each year. To get people to choose Walgreens over other stores, the U.S.' second-largest pharmacy chain begins a marketing campaign around September that lasts until flu season ends. It encompasses TV and radio spots, digital ads, and instore signage
State Rep. Liz Linehan Gets Flu Shot At Local Clinic To Promote Vaccination
In Connecticut, Rep. Linehan is promoting the upcoming clinics held by the Health District, which covers Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott, and encouraging her constituents to get vaccinated before the start of flu season
Oakland County Health Division begins annual flu vaccination program
Like many other U.S. counties, Oakland County has been preparing for the flu vaccine campaign, and its Health Division is encouraging residents to get their flu vaccinations as part of its annual flu vaccination program, which begins Tuesday
Non-availability of swine flu medicines risking lives: DAK
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) expressed concern over non-availability of swine flu medicines at chemist shops and hospitals in Kashmir. President DAK and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said “lack of medicines to treat swine flu is putting lives of patients at serious risk”
Burden of disease
Swine flu death toll crosses the 100 mark in Pune
As against 10 swine flu deaths registered in Pune city, India, last year, the total number of deaths due to H1N1 registered this year has already crossed the 100 mark
Swine flu claims 111 lives
Swine flu has claimed 111 lives in just over three month period in Madhya Pradesh, signalling that the H1NI influenza has become a serious health issue in the state
‘H1N1 cases may rise post-festivities’
In India, the Union Health Ministry expects the numbers of people infected with H1N1 to swell as families gather on the occasions of Durga Puja, Dussehra, Muharram and Garba. Some of the same antiviral drugs used to treat seasonal flu also work against H1N1 swine flu: oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), and zanamivir (Relenza)

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 4th Oct 2017

News Highlights
Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford
Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test 'universal' jab Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new "universal" vaccine against seasonal flu. Patients aged 65 or older and living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be invited to take part in the trial
Prevent influenza by getting flu shot In 2015, the U.S. FDA approved the use of a new seasonal flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older. The vaccine contains an adjuvant to create a stronger immune response to the vaccination: FLUAD, is available during the 2017-18 season
The cold facts: on tracking influenza outbreak Vaccination is the best weapon that India has against the flu, because Oseltamivir is of doubtful efficacy unless administered early enough. Yet, India has thus far stayed away from vaccinating even high-risk groups such as pregnant women and diabetics, because influenza is thought to be a more manageable public health challenge compared to mammoths such as tuberculosis
GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season Over two fifths of UK practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end of the 2016/17 season, with more than half of these saying they were left with bigger surplus stocks than the previous year, according to a poll of GP partners
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear For the second year in a row, the CDC is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, and that’s a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles; there is a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old, Afluria, administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
Quarterly Performance of GlaxoSmithKline’s Vaccines Segment European markets reported increased sales for GSK’s Fluarix and FluLaval from the influenza vaccines portfolio in the second quarter of 2017
Biotech vaccine for influenza season is available in Mexico In Mexico, trivalent Flublok has been authorised for sale and is suitable for most people as it does not contain egg. Flublok is authorised for ages 18+
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Prevent influenza by getting flu shot
In 2015, the U.S. FDA approved the use of a new seasonal flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older. The vaccine contains an adjuvant to create a stronger immune response to the vaccination: FLUAD, is available during the 2017-18 season
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear
For the second year in a row, the CDC is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, and that’s a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles; there is a new needle-free vaccine available for children as young as 5 years old, Afluria, administered under high pressure directly through the patient’s skin
Pandemic Influenza News
South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Western Cape Plan to Respond to Avian Influenza Outbreak
Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province
Industry News
Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first
A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford
Quarterly Performance of GlaxoSmithKline’s Vaccines Segment
European markets reported increased sales for GSK’s Fluarix and FluLaval from the influenza vaccines portfolio in the second quarter of 2017
Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test 'universal' jab
Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new "universal" vaccine against seasonal flu. Patients aged 65 or older and living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be invited to take part in the trial
Second-Generation Rapid Influenza Test Clears FDA
The U.S. FDA has cleared for marketing the Alere i Influenza A & B 2 rapid molecular diagnostic test for use in children and adults. This is a "second-generation rapid molecular assay, which delivers lab accurate results in less time, with the ability to report a positive result in as little as 5 minutes," the company said
Biotech vaccine for influenza season is available in Mexico
In Mexico, trivalent Flublok has been authorised for sale and is suitable for most people as it does not contain egg. Flublok is authorised for ages 18+
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Pediatric influenza news
Children 'super spreaders' of influenza virus
Associate Professor Louis Irving, head of respiratory medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said this year was "by far" the worst flu season he had ever experienced. "I think this is telling us that we can't ignore influenza," he said.
More pupils than ever to get flu vaccine in school as health drive is extended
More school kids than ever before will be given the flu vaccine as the programme is extended. Despite what the name suggests, the children's form of the vaccination is a nasal spray rather than a jab and is given as the country gears up for winter
Over 65’s influenza news

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General Influenza News
Launch of your own personalized Electronic vaccination card
In Hidalgo, Mexico, the new personalized electronic vaccination card is about to be launched and could help the area become one the best for least number of unvaccinated people
Magdeburg health authorities urge people to vaccinate now against flu (there were 22 fatalities from flu during the last flu season)
You should vaccinate now against flu as illness can kill you (there were 22 fatalities from flu during the last flu season in Magdeburg)
People over 60 should be vaccinated against the flu this autumn warn local health experts advice
People over 60 should be vaccinated against the flu this autumn warn local health experts advice
Influenza – get vaccinated now and avoid catching it this winter
Influenza – health authorities say get vaccinated now and avoid catching the flu this winter
Robert Koch Institute advises that it is now time for flu vaccination across Saxony
Robert Koch Institute advises readers that it is now time for flu vaccination across Saxony
The flu – vaccination is an act of prevention on behalf of everyone
In France, the flu vaccination campaign has begun and for certain at-risk groups, trivalent vaccines Immugrip, Influvac and Vaxigrip will be free of charge
The cold facts: on tracking influenza outbreak
Vaccination is the best weapon that India has against the flu, because Oseltamivir is of doubtful efficacy unless administered early enough. Yet, India has thus far stayed away from vaccinating even high-risk groups such as pregnant women and diabetics, because influenza is thought to be a more manageable public health challenge compared to mammoths such as tuberculosis
GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season
Over two fifths of UK practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end of the 2016/17 season, with more than half of these saying they were left with bigger surplus stocks than the previous year, according to a poll of GP partners
Poll: Would you ask your doctor if they had gotten the flu vaccine?
Health Minister Simon Harris said that medical workers in Ireland are under an obligation to get the flu vaccine, and that patients have a right to ask their doctor or nurse whether or not they have received the vaccine themselves
Health workers urged to get flu vaccine Uptake not high enough
In Ireland, the HSE urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine as figures show that seasonal flu vaccine uptake rates amongst staff working in the health services last year were at the highest levels ever
HSE launches annual flu vaccine campaign for healthcare workers as uptake rates at highest levels ever
In Ireland, the HSE urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine as figures show that seasonal flu vaccine uptake rates amongst staff working in the health services last year were at the highest levels ever
Too early to make any conclusion on seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness, Sophia Chan says
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said it is too early to make any conclusion in terms of the seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness. The WHO had recommended last week trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza to contain a Singapore H3N2-like virus, but the 460,000 trivalent vaccines that Centre for Health Protection procured contain a Hong Kong H3N2-like virus
No significant antigenic changes detected in local circulating H3 strain
In response to press enquiries on the latest recommendations on seasonal influenza vaccination of the World Health Organization, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong pointed out that no significant antigenic changes had so far been detected in the local circulating influenza A(H3) virus strain
Burden of disease
Swine flu assumes serious proportions in Madhya Pradesh with 111 dead in 94 days
Swine flu has claimed 111 lives in little over three months in Madhya Pradesh, signalling that the H1NI influenza has become a serious health issue in the state
Health chief delivers reality check on flu season
Professor Brendan Murphy says one in three at-risk people have not taken advantage of the 4.5 million doses of free quadrivalent vaccine. This year’s flu season has seen high levels of influenza A (H3N2) as evidenced by the high numbers of deaths in nursing homes, he says. The Department of Health is exploring using more potent formulations of flu vaccine, such as Fluzone and Fluad for the elderly in future, but neither of these “enhanced” vaccines are yet registered for use in Australia.
Swine flu toll 12, drop in temperature may up risk
The death toll due to swine flu in Delhi has reached 12, as per the latest data released by the health ministry. The number of people affected by the viral influenza is 2,798. Doctors said that with fall in temperature, swine flu cases may rise further
Northern Idaho man dies from flu-related illness
Idaho's first influenza-related death of 2017 has occurred, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Influenza cases reported across South Carolina as flu season officially begins
Flu cases are already being reported across South Carolina. According to DHEC’s latest Flu Watch Report, there were 71 influenza cases reported from 16 counties across all four regions of South Carolina for the week ending Sept 23
NFID Medical Director Provides Snapshot of 2016-2017 Flu Season
William Schaffner, MD, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) and infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt, provided a brief overview of the past flu season (2016-2017), which he described as a “moderately severe season”

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 3rd Oct 2017

News Highlights
Prepare for a Rocky Flu Season For those 65 and up, experts recommend two stronger vaccines: Fluad, made using an adjuvant, which helps create a stronger immune response in the body and first became available last year, and Fluzone High-Dose, which contains four times the amount of antigen as the regular vaccine
Quebec doctors will soon be allowed to sell vaccines Health officials in Quebec are bracing for a difficult flu season after multiple indications that the disease struck Australia particularly hard this year. This has Health Minister Gaetan Barrette considering making changes about how vaccines are distributed in Quebec
ADImmune readies flu vaccine for China and U.S. ADImmune’s flu vaccine is now available to people around Taiwan after the company obtained the approval of the health authorities. In the U.S., quadrivalent vaccines which ADImmune developed in collaboration with Protein Sciences have been approved by the U.S. FDA and will soon be available in that market
Regeneron Announces New Collaborations with HHS to Develop Antibodies Against Ebola, Influenza and Multiple Other Emerging Pathogens Regeneron announced two new collaborations with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop new treatments combating infectious diseases, the first being focused on discovery, research, development and manufacturing of a portfolio of antibodies targeting up to 10 pathogens that pose significant risk to public health, starting with Influenza virus
Alere Receives FDA Clearance for Alere i Influenza A & B 2 Rapid Molecular Test Alere announced that its Alere i Influenza A & B 2 test has received 510(k) marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the detection of influenza A and B infection in children and adults
More than 100 elderly killed by influenza in Australian state A horror flu season has resulted in the deaths of 116 people in an Australian state's aged care system, it has been revealed. The Victorian Government on Monday pledged an additional 89.9 million U.S. dollars for the state's health system to help it deal with the deadly influenza virus
Severe flu outbreak this winter could kill 1,000 people, doctors warn A severe flu outbreak this winter could kill 1,000 people, doctors warned today in Ireland. HSE Assistant National Director for Health Protection, Dr Kevin Kelleher urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine
30 ostrich farms under quarantine due to Avian Flu Western Cape province minister of economic opportunities Alan Winde said his province had suffered the most with reported cases of Avian Influenza in the country. So far this year, the province has confirmed 36 cases and 70 ostrich farms are under quarantine
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Prepare for a Rocky Flu Season
For those 65 and up, experts recommend two stronger vaccines: Fluad, made using an adjuvant, which helps create a stronger immune response in the body and first became available last year, and Fluzone High-Dose, which contains four times the amount of antigen as the regular vaccine
Optimal Influenza Treatment: Understand Influenza Testing
Antiviral treatment should be started within 24 hours if a patient is suspected of having the flu, and prescribers can use one of a number of FDA-approved agents (amantadine and rimantadine for influenza A; oseltamivir phosphate, peramivir, and zanamavir for circulating influenza viruses) to treat patients
Pandemic Influenza News
Quantum Foods severely hampered by Avian flu outbreak
Egg producer Quantum Foods temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape
30 ostrich farms under quarantine due to Avian Flu
Western Cape province minister of economic opportunities Alan Winde said his province had suffered the most with reported cases of Avian Influenza in the country. So far this year, the province has confirmed 36 cases and 70 ostrich farms are under quarantine
U.S. POULTRY Foundation Approves $125,000 in New Avian Influenza Research
The U.S. POULTRY Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication
Biological Weapons and Virtual Terrorism
Today the simple do-it-yourself CRISPR kits could enable virtual terrorists targeting the food supply chain to alter the avian influenza genome and engineer a large bird flu epidemic, similar to the 2009 H1N1 epidemic in Asia that affected not only poultry, but also other mammals, including human beings
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Vaccines update – what vaccines will be available against flu this season
An update from Ukrainian health authorities includes several vaccines: Influvac, Waxin, GIS Flu and Vaxigrip in the available vaccines list
ADImmune readies flu vaccine for China and U.S.
ADImmune’s flu vaccine is now available to people around Taiwan after the company obtained the approval of the health authorities. In the U.S., quadrivalent vaccines which ADImmune developed in collaboration with Protein Sciences have been approved by the U.S. FDA and will soon be available in that market
Regeneron Announces New Collaborations with HHS to Develop Antibodies Against Ebola, Influenza and Multiple Other Emerging Pathogens
Regeneron announced two new collaborations with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop new treatments combating infectious diseases, the first being focused on discovery, research, development and manufacturing of a portfolio of antibodies targeting up to 10 pathogens that pose significant risk to public health, starting with Influenza virus
Alere Receives FDA Clearance for Alere i Influenza A & B 2 Rapid Molecular Test
Alere announced that its Alere i Influenza A & B 2 test has received 510(k) marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the detection of influenza A and B infection in children and adults
Academic studies
Bond health center chosen as site to study links between flu vaccine and heart disease
Bond Community Health Center has been selected as an enrollment site to study the link between the flu vaccine and heart disease. The clinic will participate in INVESTED — Influenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated Heart Failure
Pediatric influenza news
Flu vaccine in Wales extended to Year 4 pupils
The annual campaign in Wales covers children aged from two up to nine, pregnant women, over-65s and those with certain medical conditions. Children in nursery, reception and Year 1 to 4 can all now receive nasal spray vaccines in school
Vaccination: Nurses strike and the coming disease crisis
Kenya is staring into a huge health crisis as hundreds of thousands of children are going without vaccination due to a prolonged nurses strike
Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2017 – 2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for everyone 6 months and older, including children and adolescents
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Adults can prevent illness with vaccinations
The CDC says nearly three-quarters of people hospitalized with flu-related illness are 65 or older, and most flu deaths are among elderly people. A variety of flu vaccines are now available: the traditional flu shot, a high-dose vaccine for people aged 65 and older, and an intradermal vaccine that uses a smaller needle injected into the skin instead of muscle
More than 100 elderly killed by influenza in Australian state
A horror flu season has resulted in the deaths of 116 people in an Australian state's aged care system, it has been revealed. The Victorian Government on Monday pledged an additional 89.9 million U.S. dollars for the state's health system to help it deal with the deadly influenza virus
Vaccine Expert Warns of Flu Risk to Elderly
Kathleen Neuzil, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, spoke at a press conference hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and cautioned that individuals 65 and older are at the highest risk of severe complications and even death from the flu
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Doctors to millennials: Stay home when you have the flu
New research sheds light on a group of people who may be especially likely to spread the flu to others: millennials. According to the new survey of 1,800 American adults, millennials who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms were much more likely than those 35 and older to have ventured out the last time they felt sick, potentially exposing friends, neighbours and co-workers
Flu vaccination: What you need to know
A campaign to encourage people to have a flu vaccination launches today (2 October). The Beat Flu Campaign is targeting eligible groups across Wales who need it most to protect themselves from influenza by getting the vaccination
UAB Doctor says flu vaccines will better match flu strains this year
UAB Internal Medicine Specialist Doctor William Curry said vaccines will better match the H1N1 and H3N2 flu strains. The CDC reported flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. But the CDC nor Dr. Curry is advocating for the nasal flu-mist
Patients 'have a right to ask doctors and nurses if they have received the flu vaccine'
Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has said health workers have an obligation to their patients to get the flu vaccine. Launching the annual flu vaccine campaign, he said while uptake levels are on the rise, the figures are still “appallingly” low with just 31% of hospital workers getting immunised last year
Flu is found more during the winter season
Getting a flu shot from the month of October is the best way to avoid catching the virus as well as complications and potentially death
The Milan region ‘appeals’ to doctors and nurses: if you are not in the vaccination queue you should carry out vaccinations
The number of healthworkers waiting vax is higher than they would wish and the region govt prefers them to get vaccinated as soon as possible
Vaccination against the flu in Costa Rica has hit 93% of the target population
In Costa Rica, the vaccination campaign against the flu has reached 93% of the target population; the elderly and young children were particularly successful groups
Only vaccination in October is successful in preventing you catching winter flu
In Mexico, people are being reminded that the best way to avoid catching the flu is being immunised in October so that the vaccine has time to work
Experts advise on how best to combat the flu with vaccination this autumn
Magdeburg – People who are particularly vulnerable with weak immune systems – seniors, chronically ill and small children should be at the front of the queue for flu vaccinations
Influenza – the best protection is get yourself vaccinated
Area health experts stress in regional press just how important it is for at risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu
Influenza - Sachsen-Anhalt health experts offer strong recommendations in favour of getting yourself vaccinated now
Area health experts stress in regional press just how important it is for at risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu
Severe flu outbreak this winter could kill 1,000 people, doctors warn
A severe flu outbreak this winter could kill 1,000 people, doctors warned today in Ireland. HSE Assistant National Director for Health Protection, Dr Kevin Kelleher urged all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine
Quebec doctors will soon be allowed to sell vaccines
Health officials in Quebec are bracing for a difficult flu season after multiple indications that the disease struck Australia particularly hard this year. This has Health Minister Gaetan Barrette considering making changes about how vaccines are distributed in Quebec
Burden of disease
Boy, 10, fighting for in hospital life after contracting the flu
A Queensland boy is on life support after contracting the flu. Chinchilla boy Jaymon Gaul, 10, was rushed to hospital on September 23 after he was found by his mother in a non-responsive state
Families hit by mutant flu epidemic desperate for help
The flu epidemic sweeping Australia with record-breaking ferocity is leaving children in comas and their families desperate

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If you get the flu, this drug can save your life. Now it’s approved for your kids Rapivab was developed for the U.S. government with $235 million in federal funding, and is one of the critical drugs maintained in the Strategic National Stockpile to protect the public during pandemics and bio-terror attacks. The medication was approved this month for patients aged 2- to 18-years old by the U.S. FDA
RVC researchers find link to spread of avian flu in Asia A team of researchers has established a link between the use of free-grazing ducks to help farm the land in Vietnam and the spread of avian influenza within the country
New quadrivalent flu vaccine for the winter is here Sanofi’s VaxiGrip, a quadrivalent vaccine against the flu, is now available in Italy for the 2017/2018 flu season, taking protection from 3 to 4 strains
World of Birds in Cape Town hit by Bird Flu (H5N8) In South africa, Staff are pulling together after an outbreak of avian influenza at Africa's largest bird park situated in Cape Town. At least 62 cases of the deadly H5N8 influenza strain which include an outbreak among poultry and non-poultry animals have been reported throughout the country since June
Instituto Butantan starts producing flu vaccine In Brazil, the Butantan Institute, an agency linked to the State Department of Health and responsible for more than half of the vaccines produced in the country, has started producing the flu vaccine that will be used in the 2018 National Immunization Program
Researchers identify protein that could reduce death, improve symptoms in flu and other infections A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza. Scientists showed that a small protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) could potentially improve the symptoms and mortality associated with the flu
Simple strategy could lead to a “universal” flu vaccine At the Rockefeller University, a team based in Jeffrey V. Ravetch’s lab has devised a strategy for improving existing flu vaccines to better protect against these ever-mutating viruses. If successful, their work could translate into fewer flu shots
Artificial peptide molecules can inhibit AI virus strains Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research and Development say the development of broad-spectrum inhibitors, including some avian influenza strains, is extremely promising in the ongoing battle to prevent a global epidemic
CDC: Factors that Influence Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Pregnant Women, HCPs More than 78 percent of health care personnel and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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If you get the flu, this drug can save your life. Now it’s approved for your kids
Rapivab was developed for the U.S. government with $235 million in federal funding, and is one of the critical drugs maintained in the Strategic National Stockpile to protect the public during pandemics and bio-terror attacks. The medication was approved this month for patients aged 2- to 18-years old by the U.S. FDA
Pandemic Influenza News
WHO announces the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness
The development of candidate influenza vaccine viruses, coordinated by the World Health Organization, remains an essential component of the overall global strategy for pandemic preparedness
RVC researchers find link to spread of avian flu in Asia
A team of researchers has established a link between the use of free-grazing ducks to help farm the land in Vietnam and the spread of avian influenza within the country
World of Birds in Cape Town hit by Bird Flu (H5N8)
In South africa, Staff are pulling together after an outbreak of avian influenza at Africa's largest bird park situated in Cape Town. At least 62 cases of the deadly H5N8 influenza strain which include an outbreak among poultry and non-poultry animals have been reported throughout the country since June
H5N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak Reported in France
Dr Loic Evain has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Maine-et-Loire. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the outbreak was reported after presence of the H5N3 strain was confirmed
New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - There is a more resistant strain called H7N9 is in danger of spreading fast to humans
New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - discusses the fact that there is a more resistant strain called H7N9 which is in danger of spreading fast to humans
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New quadrivalent flu vaccine for the winter is here
Sanofi’s VaxiGrip, a quadrivalent vaccine against the flu, is now available in Italy for the 2017/2018 flu season, taking protection from 3 to 4 strains
Instituto Butantan starts producing flu vaccine
In Brazil, the Butantan Institute, an agency linked to the State Department of Health and responsible for more than half of the vaccines produced in the country, has started producing the flu vaccine that will be used in the 2018 National Immunization Program
No nasal flu vaccine again this year: FluMist not recommended for 2017
For the second consecutive year, the CDC is recommending against using a nasal flu vaccine. Last year's advisory meant most doctors and pharmacies didn't stock FluMist, a practice that's likely to occur again this year. FluMist didn't provide adequate protection against influenza
Armyworms Used to Make Flublok Influenza Vaccine
Currently, there is one influenza vaccine produced using recombinant technology that is approved by the FDA, Flublok. In 2013, trivalent Flublok was approved for use in adults between the ages of 18 to 49 years old. In 2016, the FDA further approved the quadrivalent vaccine for use in anyone over the age of 18
Academic studies
Researchers identify protein that could reduce death, improve symptoms in flu and other infections
A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza. Scientists showed that a small protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) could potentially improve the symptoms and mortality associated with the flu
Simple strategy could lead to a “universal” flu vaccine
At the Rockefeller University, a team based in Jeffrey V. Ravetch’s lab has devised a strategy for improving existing flu vaccines to better protect against these ever-mutating viruses. If successful, their work could translate into fewer flu shots
Artificial peptide molecules can inhibit AI virus strains
Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research and Development say the development of broad-spectrum inhibitors, including some avian influenza strains, is extremely promising in the ongoing battle to prevent a global epidemic
CDC: Factors that Influence Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Pregnant Women, HCPs
More than 78 percent of health care personnel and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Toddlers Are Getting Their Flu Shots, But The Vaccination Rate For Older Kids Is Falling Short
According to the CDC, toddlers are getting their flu shots, but the numbers start to drop off as kids get older: the number of younger kids getting their flu shots has gone up in the past year, though it's still only about half the population, but the vaccination rate for older kids is falling too short for comfort
An older sibling may pose flu risk to your babies, toddlers
A study warns that small children under two years of age, especially six months old, are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have an older sibling; babies and young children can be better protected if parents take up the opportunity to get older siblings vaccinated
Aussie flu warnings sparks debate if children should have the jab or spray
Tens of thousands of unvaccinated children on Merseyside are at risk of catching and passing on the flu, figures show. Even the majority of the children most at risk of serious illness or death from the flu have not been vaccinated. NHS officials say the nasal spray has an excellent safety record
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Officials urge influenza vaccination as coverage rates lag in some groups
HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, and other health officials are strongly urging all patients and health care providers to get vaccinated as influenza season approaches. Vaccination rates, they said, have been low among certain groups
Baden-Wurttemburg – the South West Pharmacists Association strongly recommends flu vaccination for elderly people
The flu outbreak in older people in Baden-Wurttemberg last year was more virulent than in the previous year. In the 2016/2017 season, the National Health Office registered around 7,000 cases for the over 60s, and it is recommended that elderly people get immunised as a precaution
The Amberg-Sulzbach Medical Association and the Health Office regard vaccination as the most important way for people to protect themselves against flu
The chairman of the Medical Association of Amberg-Sulzbach, Dr. Martin Pöllath, and the head of the Amberg health department, Dr. Roland Brey, are calling for people to receive the flu vaccine - in accordance with guidance by the Stiklik Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute
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Why Is It Important To Get A Flu Shot? Anyone Who’s Ever Had The Flu Can Tell You
This week, the CDC launched its annual campaign urging people to get their flu vaccines. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, even got his flu shot onstage at the National Press Club
Get your flu shots, health officials urge amid concerns about bad season
The Public Health Agency of Canada's first Fluwatch report of the 2017-18 season says flu activity remains at inter-seasonal levels across the country, and people are being urged to get vaccinated
Needle Phobia Keeps Many Americans From Getting A Flu Shot
Addressing needle fear is the driving force behind efforts to research other methods of delivering vaccines, including patches and sprays; but until a reliable alternative for flu vaccine hits the market, people are going to have to rely on psychological coping strategies
Doctors say flu season is starting earlier than usual
In various parts of the U.S., doctors are noticing that the flu season is starting early and recommending that people get immunised
With flu season approaching, vaccine can create ‘protective shield’ for families
With flu season just around the corner, health professionals are advising people to take preventative measures and receive a flu shot. In households with young or older people, it is important for all family members to receive the vaccine
Moms upset after UH nurse posts to Facebook about flu shots and autism
A recent Facebook post by a nurse at University Hospitals that quickly went viral seemed to link the flu vaccine to autism; the Hospital released a statement reaffirming that major studies show no link between vaccines and autism
Officials highlight flu vaccination gaps, progress ahead of season
In an annual event to build support for flu vaccination and take stock of the nation's uptake trends, federal officials said that vaccination rates rebounded slightly last season, led by better coverage in adults over age 50, but immunization reached only 46.8% of the population
Dangerous anti-vaccine tweets have spiked—from rich people in just 5 states
The volume of dangerous tweets falsely linking life-saving vaccines to autism spiked dramatically in recent years, indicating the amplifying voices of very specific demographics: people from affluent, largely populated areas in five U.S. states. The study’s authors say the rise is worrying, but keeping an eye on social media may help shush the misinformation at its source
Mother who refuses to follow court order to vaccinate son most likely to be going to jail
A Michigan woman said she will “most likely” go to jail this week if she refuses a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. And Rebecca Bredow, it seems, is willing to take that risk because of her religious beliefs
IMSS launching flu vaccination campaign
In Aguascalientes, Mexico, the health authorities are launching a flu vaccination campaign to try and reach as many people as possible by the end of the year. The vaccine is not compulsory
Kaunas is ready with flu vaccination to protect people against the coming season
Kaunas (in Latvia) is ready with flu vaccination to protect people against the coming season
How Not to Make a Documentary About Vaccines
A new documentary focusing on Andrew Wakefield fails to give a clear and accurate picture of vaccines, and just adds confusion to a topic that deserves to be treated much more precisely
Flu jab uptake falls in Scotland amid warnings over 'deadly' Australian strain
In Scotland, new figures show that the uptake of the flu vaccine has dipped in nearly all at risk groups, including the over-65s, pregnant women and individuals with underlying health conditions which make them more vulnerable to the virus
In the next few weeks the city of Hidalgo plans to set up a new electronic vaccination card campaign
In the next few weeks city of Hidalgo plans to set up a new electronic vaccination card campaign
AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccine This Season
The AAFP signed on to a CDC letter to be distributed nationwide to health care professionals, including family physicians, asking for help in promoting the influenza vaccine for the 2017-18 flu season. An additional CDC letter that the AAFP signed on to focuses specifically on flu vaccines for pregnant patients
Influenza A (H3N2v): Maryland case count rises
In a follow-up on the situation in Maryland with the influenza virus strain H3N2v (variant flu) linked to exposure to swine, The Maryland Department of Health now puts the case tally at 37 presumptive positive and confirmed cases (including 2 hospitalizations)
Government gives free flu vaccines to eligible people
The CDC in Taiwan announced the availability of this year’s government-funded flu vaccines, urging eligible people to be vaccinated as soon as possible. The CDC purchased 6 million vaccines for this flu season, hoping to achieve a national coverage rate of at least 25 percent
Flu Season 2017: CDC Reveals the Best Time to Get Your Shot
As the flu vaccine takes two weeks to protect its recipient—and three weeks is more effective—health officials and the public need to stay ahead of the virus. The CDC bases its recommendations on when flu infections are likely to become common, this year recommending people aim to get the vaccine by the end of October
Burden of disease
Delaware flu case likely related to contact with pigs at county fair in Maryland
The Delaware Division of Public Health announced the state's first laboratory-confirmed case of H3N2v in a female Sussex County resident under age 18, who had close contact with pigs at a county fair in Maryland. The case is mild and the individual is recovering
Almost 2,000 people test positive for swine flu in September
In Rajasthan, September remained the worst month this year as 126 persons died while 1,841 persons tested positive for swine flu. It is the worst outbreak of swine flu since 2015, when 472 deaths were reported due to the disease
Mutant H1N1 strain causes swine flu in summer
Health officials are studying a new strain of H1N1 virus capable of infecting people during the summer months. The state health department has identified a gene mutation in H1N1 which is causing the outbreak earlier than usual
New deadly virus in Poland, could it kill tens of thousands? (H3N2)
New deadly virus in Poland, could it kill tens of thousands? (H3N2)
Officials urge influenza vaccination as Colorado sees early uptick in hospitalizations
An early uptick in flu hospitalizations in Colorado has state health officials concerned. Twenty people in the state have been hospitalized with flu since Aug. 1, which about double the number of cases Colorado usually sees this time of year. Health officials are urging Coloradans ages 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine
NSW teenager 'dies of flu complications' after coma
A teenager from the NSW Hunter region has reportedly died after he was placed into a medically induced coma following complications from the flu. So far 93,413 cases of the flu have been reported in NSW alone in 2017, compared to a total of 35,537 in 2016

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News Highlights
The thinking process behind biopharma companies’ outsourcing management Among the biopharma executives making presentations at this year’s Drug Development Forum was Karen Gardner, senior director of clinical development operations at CSL’s vaccines subsidiary Seqirus. She says entering into an outsourcing partnership is buying a multidimensional service. “It’s a component of people, of process and of work that needs to be done and when”
Seasonal Influenza: What is the most effective vaccine? New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
U.S. Health Officials Urge Annual Influenza Vaccination for All The NFID, along with public health and medical organizations, urged the public to follow the CDC recommendation that everyone age six months and older be vaccinated against influenza. Three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs are also recommended for use in the U.S.: oseltamivir (generic version or Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab)
This Sinister Virus Could Cause the World's Next Flu Pandemic H7N9 avian influenza is emerging as the virus most likely to cause the next flu pandemic. While it’s not so adept at spreading from human to human, it is potent, better adapted to our respiratory tracts than H5N1 and increasingly prevalent in people. Known to be circulating only within China, H7N9 has been mutating in sinister ways this past year, putting scientists on alert
CEVA Animal Health Lab produces H5N8 vaccine In France, CEVA Animal Health Labs have produced a H5N8 vaccine which seems efficient and would not be used systematically in birds but could prove useful during outbreaks
Scripps Research-led study points to new flu drugs New and more powerful drugs to stop influenza may be possible, according to a study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research & Development, a unit of Johnson & Johnson. The study exploits a vulnerable site on the flu virus that existing drugs such as Tamiflu don’t target
Flu vaccine not as effective this year Melbourne-based biotech Aus Bio is undertaking preclinical research into a drug it says will need to be taken only once every 12 days to prevent the flu (Tamiflu is taken twice a day). University of Melbourne virologist Professor Lorena Brown said the drug compounds would change the shape of the influenza virus, so it was no longer infectious
Roughly 59% of children vaccinated against flu last season Influenza vaccination rates for children under age 2 years are meeting national goals but fall short for older children, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show
Older Siblings a Risk Factor for Serious Flu Infections in Infants Small children are significantly more at risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown. Parents were told they can help protect their young children by getting older offspring vaccinated
CDC launches LINE 'chatbot' to provide flu vaccination info Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control launched an artificial intelligence "chatbot" on social messaging app LINE to provide information and answer questions about flu vaccination
WHO swaps out H3N2, B strains in Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine At their meeting in Melbourne, Australia, WHO vaccine advisors today recommended changing two of three components for trivalent vaccines that pharmaceutical companies will produce for the Southern Hemisphere's 2018 flu season
Flu season: Fewer than half of Americans vaccinated, officials call for nearly everyone to get a shot Fewer than 50 percent of all Americans were vaccinated against the flu last season. Officials want at least 70 percent of people to get a flu shot. This season, officials say people should only get an injectable vaccine, not a nasal spray vaccine.
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The thinking process behind biopharma companies’ outsourcing management
Among the biopharma executives making presentations at this year’s Drug Development Forum was Karen Gardner, senior director of clinical development operations at CSL’s vaccines subsidiary Seqirus. She says entering into an outsourcing partnership is buying a multidimensional service. “It’s a component of people, of process and of work that needs to be done and when”
Seasonal Influenza: What is the most effective vaccine?
New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
U.S. Health Officials Urge Annual Influenza Vaccination for All
The NFID, along with public health and medical organizations, urged the public to follow the CDC recommendation that everyone age six months and older be vaccinated against influenza. Three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs are also recommended for use in the U.S.: oseltamivir (generic version or Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab)
Pandemic Influenza News
The Colombian government stresses that the country remains free of Avian flu
In Colombia, the government has explained that the H3N2 virus, which is present in the country, is not the avian influenza virus of which Colombia remains free
This Sinister Virus Could Cause the World's Next Flu Pandemic
H7N9 avian influenza is emerging as the virus most likely to cause the next flu pandemic. While it’s not so adept at spreading from human to human, it is potent, better adapted to our respiratory tracts than H5N1 and increasingly prevalent in people. Known to be circulating only within China, H7N9 has been mutating in sinister ways this past year, putting scientists on alert
How you could help stop a flu pandemic
With international air travel at over four billion flights last year alone, stopping a flu pandemic taking hold is pretty much impossible, but the BBC Pandemic App will help a team of mathematical epidemiologists predict how a virus could spread across the UK and test what might be done to slow it down
Why Some Countries Were Harder Hit by the Pandemic Influenza Virus in 2009
A global pandemic mortality study found prominent regional mortality variations in 2009 for Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. The study attempts to identify factors that explain why the pandemic mortality burden was high in some countries and low in others
Industry News
Novartis, Berkeley sign drug chemistry pact
Novartis’s research head expects an alliance with a University of California chemistry lab to produce drug candidates within three years as the Swiss company accelerates its hunt for new medicines
CEVA Animal Health Lab produces H5N8 vaccine
In France, CEVA Animal Health Labs have produced a H5N8 vaccine which seems efficient and would not be used systematically in birds but could prove useful during outbreaks
Four influenza vaccines have been re-registered in the Ukraine
Four influenza vaccines have been re-registered in the Ukraine – these include According to the Ministry of Health, the following vaccinations have been re-registered: INFLUWAK / INFLUVAC (Netherlands), INFLUENZA VAKSIN (China), JISI FLU / GC FLU (Korea) and VACCIHRIP / VAXIGRIP (France)
Flu Shots Aren't 100% Effective, But They're The Best Protection Available
The CDC recommends that all people six months old and up, including pregnant women, get vaccinated every year against influenza and is once again recommending against the use of FluMist
Scripps Research-led study points to new flu drugs
New and more powerful drugs to stop influenza may be possible, according to a study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research & Development, a unit of Johnson & Johnson. The study exploits a vulnerable site on the flu virus that existing drugs such as Tamiflu don’t target
Flu vaccine not as effective this year
Melbourne-based biotech Aus Bio is undertaking preclinical research into a drug it says will need to be taken only once every 12 days to prevent the flu (Tamiflu is taken twice a day). University of Melbourne virologist Professor Lorena Brown said the drug compounds would change the shape of the influenza virus, so it was no longer infectious
Academic studies
Notre Dame Engineers ‘Light Up’ Flu Detection
Detection is an important aspect of managing influenza, and a University of Notre Dame researcher has developed what he calls a simpler, faster and more scalable method that makes the virus “light up” red in a sample
Inactivated H7 Influenza Virus Vaccines Protect Mice despite Inducing Only Low Levels of Neutralizing Antibodies
Avian influenza viruses of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtype present a significant public health threat, as evidenced by the ongoing outbreak of human A(H7N9) infections in China. Vaccines against H7 avian influenza viruses may be more effective than HI and virus neutralization assays suggest, and such vaccines may need other methods for evaluation
Pediatric influenza news
Roughly 59% of children vaccinated against flu last season
Influenza vaccination rates for children under age 2 years are meeting national goals but fall short for older children, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show
Older Siblings a Risk Factor for Serious Flu Infections in Infants
Small children are significantly more at risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown. Parents were told they can help protect their young children by getting older offspring vaccinated
Over 65’s influenza news
Don't Wait: Get Your Flu Shot
CDC and NFID officials said flu shots — not nasal sprays — should be given this year, and that people 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems can benefit from a high-dose shot
What you should know about flu vaccinations (Robert Koch Institute advice)
The next flu season is approaching, and particularly vulnerable people, such as the chronically ill, should be vaccinated against influenza in good time
General Influenza News
Influenza returns to Central Alberta
Flu season is coming, and Alberta Health Services says Central Albertans can fight back by getting immunized starting Oct. 23. Vaccine is available free to all Albertans six months of age and older through Alberta Health Services clinics, pharmacies and physicians
CDC launches LINE 'chatbot' to provide flu vaccination info
Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control launched an artificial intelligence "chatbot" on social messaging app LINE to provide information and answer questions about flu vaccination
DPHSS: Get vaccinated amid flu outbreak
On Guam, in light of an ongoing flu outbreak, the public health department is advising residents to get vaccinated through their primary health care providers. The Department of Public Health and Social Services recently issued a press release declaring a Type A influenza epidemic
Flu epidemic: Experts explain the reasons behind Australia's bad season
Infectious Diseases experts Professor Peter Collignon from the Australian National University's Medical School, and Professor Allen Cheng from Monash University and The Alfred Hospital answer some common questions on the flu outbreak that hit Australia
WHO swaps out H3N2, B strains in Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine
At their meeting in Melbourne, Australia, WHO vaccine advisors today recommended changing two of three components for trivalent vaccines that pharmaceutical companies will produce for the Southern Hemisphere's 2018 flu season
Flu season: Fewer than half of Americans vaccinated, officials call for nearly everyone to get a shot
Fewer than 50 percent of all Americans were vaccinated against the flu last season. Officials want at least 70 percent of people to get a flu shot. This season, officials say people should only get an injectable vaccine, not a nasal spray vaccine.
Tom Price declines to comment on private jet travel, gets his flu shot
This flu season could be a bad one, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price got his flu shot Thursday and urged Americans to follow his example and get vaccinated
CDC: Hospitals continue to lead field in health care worker flu vaccinations
An estimated 92% of hospital workers report receiving a flu vaccine for the 2016-17 flu season, compared with 76% of ambulatory care workers and 68% of long-term care workers, according to a survey released today by the CDC
Flu vaccination expansion needed
In Australia, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy said the 2017 flu vaccine was well matched to the circulating strains – yet appears to have been less effective than usual, especially in the elderly
‘People do die from flu’ warns doctor, as he encourages those at risk to get vaccinated
In the UK, a doctor has urged people to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu by making sure they are vaccinated against the potentially deadly illness
Burden of disease
The dangerous four bugs responsible for the annual flu outbreak
There are 4 bugs that can trigger a seasonal flu outbreak (H1N1, H3N2, Victoria and Yamagata viruses) and they are all knocking at the door now the cold and flu season is upon us
Swine flu found in 20 people after coming into contact with pigs at county fairs
A swine flu virus strain was detected in 20 people in Maryland who were in close contact with pigs at two county fairs. The Maryland Department of Health reports none of those infected with the influenza virus strain H3N2v has become seriously ill or been hospitalized

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News Highlights
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
What’s new with the flu Among the new recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season is that the trivalent formulation of Afluria is recommended for people 5 years and older (from 9 years and older) in order to match the Food and Drug Administration packaging
S. Korea steps up bird flu quarantine measures South Korea will step up quarantine measures against bird flu as a suspected case was reported in the country's southern region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry said an H7N7 strain of avian influenza was found in wild bird droppings
U.S. Poultry Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research The U.S. Poultry Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project (BRU007) in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down (VSD) as a humane depopulation method
Pandemic flu simulation drill In East Malaysia, a Pandemic Influenza Simulation Training was carried out by the District Health Office to improve the awareness level of medical personnel. District Health Epidemiology Officer Dr Sahrol Nizam Abu Bakar said that the simulation focused on Avian Influenza as it has been active in China and Hong Kong
InDevR licenses influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai for novel vaccine platform InDevR has licensed novel influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai Health System, and plans to incorporate the technology into its VaxArray Vaccine Potency platform, which aims to provide vaccine manufacturers with streamlined and cost-effective tools to modernize their production
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate
Inactivated H7 Influenza Virus Vaccines Protect Mice despite Inducing Only Low Levels of Neutralizing Antibodies Avian influenza viruses of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtype present a significant public health threat, as evidenced by the ongoing outbreak of human A(H7N9) infections in China. Vaccines against H7 avian influenza viruses may be more effective than HI and virus neutralization assays suggest, and such vaccines may need other methods for evaluation
Babies at greater risk of flu if they have older brothers or sisters, scientists warn Infants are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown, leading for calls for older siblings to be vaccinated. Babies and toddlers with one older sibling are more than twice as likely as only-children to be hospitalized with flu and three times more likely if they have more than one brother or sister
This Terrifying App Simulates What Would Happen If A Deadly Virus Swept Through The UK A new app is allowing scientists to conduct a nationwide citizen experiment that could save the UK from the deadly effects of a viral pandemic sweeping the nation. According to the UK government, a pandemic of flu could see up to 50% of the population experience debilitating symptoms, and as many as 750,000 fatalities in a short space of time
Seqirus mentions
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season
The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
Changes to available vaccines as influenza season begins
Alberta has purchased 1.6 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2017/18 season, enough to immunize 35 per cent of the population at a cost of $12.1 million.Only one type of influenza vaccine will be offered free of charge — Fluzone — as an injection. FLUAD will not be available except to seniors living in long-term care or supportive living
What’s new with the flu
Among the new recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season is that the trivalent formulation of Afluria is recommended for people 5 years and older (from 9 years and older) in order to match the Food and Drug Administration packaging
Pandemic Influenza News
S. Korea steps up bird flu quarantine measures
South Korea will step up quarantine measures against bird flu as a suspected case was reported in the country's southern region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry said an H7N7 strain of avian influenza was found in wild bird droppings
U.S. Poultry Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research
The U.S. Poultry Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project (BRU007) in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down (VSD) as a humane depopulation method
Pandemic flu simulation drill
In East Malaysia, a Pandemic Influenza Simulation Training was carried out by the District Health Office to improve the awareness level of medical personnel. District Health Epidemiology Officer Dr Sahrol Nizam Abu Bakar said that the simulation focused on Avian Influenza as it has been active in China and Hong Kong
InDevR licenses influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai for novel vaccine platform
InDevR has licensed novel influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai Health System, and plans to incorporate the technology into its VaxArray Vaccine Potency platform, which aims to provide vaccine manufacturers with streamlined and cost-effective tools to modernize their production
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate
Academic studies
Inactivated H7 Influenza Virus Vaccines Protect Mice despite Inducing Only Low Levels of Neutralizing Antibodies
Avian influenza viruses of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtype present a significant public health threat, as evidenced by the ongoing outbreak of human A(H7N9) infections in China. Vaccines against H7 avian influenza viruses may be more effective than HI and virus neutralization assays suggest, and such vaccines may need other methods for evaluation
Pediatric influenza news
Flu shots during pregnancy
A group of researchers recently reported an association between a pregnant woman getting the flu vaccine and having a miscarriage. The authors were clear that the study could not establish that flu shots cause miscarriage
Babies at greater risk of flu if they have older brothers or sisters, scientists warn
Infants are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown, leading for calls for older siblings to be vaccinated. Babies and toddlers with one older sibling are more than twice as likely as only-children to be hospitalized with flu and three times more likely if they have more than one brother or sister
Over 65’s influenza news
Influenza vaccine is vitally important for the chronically according to the Salzburger Medical Chamber of Pharmacists
Local health authorities in Salzburg recommend that older and chronically ill patients, as well as other at-risk groups, get immunised against the flu at their doctor’s practice, free of charge
General Influenza News
This Terrifying App Simulates What Would Happen If A Deadly Virus Swept Through The UK
A new app is allowing scientists to conduct a nationwide citizen experiment that could save the UK from the deadly effects of a viral pandemic sweeping the nation. According to the UK government, a pandemic of flu could see up to 50% of the population experience debilitating symptoms, and as many as 750,000 fatalities in a short space of time
Killer flu from Australia which left mum-of-two dead is heading for UK
A deadly Australian flu which has claimed the life of a mum-of-two is heading for the UK, experts have warned. The NHS is urging all eligible Brits to get a flu jab - some 21 million people - but they also admitted it is too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile
Workers protest hospital's mandatory flu shot policy
In Boston, a nurses union is suing Brigham and Women's Hospital for making flu shots mandatory. The policy requires all hospital workers be vaccinated for the flu annually
Flu vaccinations are powerless to stop this year's horror outbreak as experts reveal effectiveness of immunisations is less than 40% - and epidemic claims hundreds of lives
Flu vaccines are powerless at stopping the flu outbreak that swept Australia this winter. Scientists are concerned the flu vaccination has less than a 40% effectiveness rate. Alfred Hospital professor of infectious diseases epidemiology Allen Cheng said there are better vaccinations that could be brought to Australia if they are looked at 'more closely'
Our Unsung Defenders Against Disease
As we head into flu season, the associated challenges of dealing with the virus will highlight the importance of vaccination and pharmacists’ growing contribution to it. According to the CDC, pharmacists administered 6% of the total influenza vaccinations in the 2005-2006 flu season, a percentage that jumped to nearly 25% in the 2015-2016 season
Minnesota hospitals, nursing homes commit to preventing flu through FluSafe program
For the seventh year, hospitals and nursing homes across Minnesota have committed to preventing the spread of flu in their facilities by participating in the Minnesota Department of Health’s FluSafe program. Participating facilities are recognized for achieving high flu vaccination rates among their health care workers
PHCC launches flu vaccine campaign
In Qatar, the Primary Health Care Corporation announced the launch of a seasonal flu vaccine campaign in all primary healthcare centres and PHCC headquarters
Do vaccinations save money?
A U.S. study found that for every dollar spent on a vaccination, $44 would be saved if a vaccination programme for 10 diseases was to be implemented worldwide
Burden of disease
Influenza and pneumonia now 11th most common cause of death
The official death toll from this year’s flu season in Australia continues to rise, with the national surveillance agency alerted to 121 flu-related deaths so far this year, up from 72 at the beginning of the month. Confirmed cases of the flu have more than doubled so far this flu season, calling into question the effectiveness of the new quadrivalent vaccine
Nathan Brown, 19, on life support after contracting influenza A virus in worst flu season
Australia’s monster flu season is still wreaking havoc on young people, with a teenage boy from NSW the latest victim. More than 137,500 cases of flu have been reported so far this year including a record breaking 30,000 cases in August
Two confirmed cases of swine flu in humans at Frederick Memorial Hospital
Two pediatric patients were admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital this week with mild cases of swine influenza. On Sunday, the Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed that 11 pigs at a local fair were sick with a strain of influenza A
5 Maryland residents identified having form of swine flu, officials say
Five Maryland residents have been identified as having a form of the swine flu, Maryland Department of Health officials said. Officials said the five people, identified as having the influenza virus strain H3N2v, had close contact with pigs at the Anne Arundel County Fair and The Great Frederick Fair
Thousands are hit by virus flu strain not covered by vaccine
More than half the patients in western Sydney diagnosed with the influenza A virus have also been carrying the mutant strain of the virus. The mutated influenza A H3N2 strain was identified as responsible for most of the 300 elderly lives lost across the east coast even though it was included in this year’s flu vaccine. Experts have stressed the vaccine is important to reduce the spread of the killer strain
Myanmar swine flu outbreak kills 38: media
A total of 38 people out of some 400 patients contracting seasonal influenza A/H1N1-2009 across Myanmar have died so far since the outbreak of the disease on July 21, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported

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News Highlights
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
A Flu Med with Meager Benefits With the flu season threatening, the FDA has just approved an IV treatment for the flu for children as young as 2 years old. Rapivab (peramivir) was first approved for adults by the FDA in late 2014. It joins Tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) as questionably useful drugs that shorten a bout with the flu by a scant 12 to 22 hours
Avian influenza (H5N3) outbreak in the French region of Maine-et-Loire, 8,500 turkeys to be slaughtered In the Maine-et-Loire region of France, an outbreak of H5N3 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm, where 8,500 turkeys are to be slaughtered to avoid the virus spreading further
Clusters of Human Infections With Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in China, March 2013 to June 2015 Limited person-to-person transmission is likely to have occurred on multiple occasions since the H7N9 virus was first identified. However, these transmission events represented a small fraction of all identified cases of H7N9 human infection, and sustained person-to-person transmission was not documented
Avian flu virus found in bird excretions in rural city A South Korean provincial government said that the avian influenza virus had been found in bird excretions in the southern part of the country. The government of North Gyeongsang Province said the H7N7 strain of avian influenza was detected in the excretions of wild birds
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate. This study is in support of Medicago's flu program and expected launch of the vaccine in time for the 2020 influenza season in Canada, USA and Europe
Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny Appointed To The Human Vaccines Project Board Of Directors The Human Vaccines Project has appointed Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny to its Board of Directors. Dr. Kieny is currently Director of Research at Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherché Médicale (INSERM) where she connects INSERM with the international health research community, and has held several positions at the World Health Organization
Biochemists discover mechanism that helps flu viruses evolve Flu viruses' rapid evolution relies in part on hijacking some of the cellular machinery of the infected host cell -- a group of proteins called chaperones, which help other proteins fold into the correct shape. When viruses are unable to get help from these proteins, they do not evolve as rapidly, research shows
Australian Biotech Leads New Hope for Influenza Control Australian researchers could pave the way for a new approach to influenza control with positive results presented from preclinical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of anti-influenza drug compounds to prevent and treat influenza infections
Pharmacists urge flu jabs as ‘worst epidemic in 50 years’ heads to Ireland and UK from Australia this winter Irish pharmacists are urging the public to get flu jabs this winter after Australia suffered a deadly outbreak which killed eight pensioners in a single care home
Experts fear flu vaccine less effective Experts warn the flu vaccine's effectiveness may have dropped below 40 per cent this year. Flaws in its manufacturing and design have become apparent. The current vaccine is grown in eggs - but scientist are now concerned that this may cause the vaccine to mutate, rendering it less effective
Seqirus mentions
Influenza; list of vaccines authorized by the Aifa for the 2017/2018 season
The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) has released the list of influenza vaccines for the 2017/2018 season, including Afluria, Agrippal S1, Fluad and Influpozzi by Seqirus; Batrevac and Influvac S by BGP Products (Mylan group); Fluarix Tetra by GlaxoSmithKline, Vaxigrip and Vaxigrip Tetra by Sanofi Pasteur
In Our Opinion: Don't put off getting your flu shot this year
This year, there is an enhanced vaccine for senior citizen: the FLUAD shot contains four times the amount of antigen as the regular one and boosts immune response following vaccination. A study by the CDC showed that it reduced cases of the flu by 24 percent for seniors compared to the standard vaccine
A Flu Med with Meager Benefits
With the flu season threatening, the FDA has just approved an IV treatment for the flu for children as young as 2 years old. Rapivab (peramivir) was first approved for adults by the FDA in late 2014. It joins Tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) as questionably useful drugs that shorten a bout with the flu by a scant 12 to 22 hours
Do you know what is contained in a vaccine and why?
An explanation of the additives to be found in vaccines; Fluad was licensed by the FDA in November 2015 as the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing a novel adjuvant. Fluad is licensed for people 65 years of age or older but may become available for children
Alberta won't offer nasal spray this flu season
Alberta Health Services held a news conference where health officials announced Fluad, which is for seniors, and FluMist, used on children, will no longer be available. Only seniors living in long-term care or in supported living facilities will have access to Fluad
Pandemic Influenza News
Avian influenza (H5N3) outbreak in the French region of Maine-et-Loire, 8,500 turkeys to be slaughtered
In the Maine-et-Loire region of France, an outbreak of H5N3 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm, where 8,500 turkeys are to be slaughtered to avoid the virus spreading further
Avian flu has killed 21,342 people
Since 2004, the H5N1 virus has caused the death of 21,342 people according to FAO representative to Senegal Réda Lebtahi
Clusters of Human Infections With Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in China, March 2013 to June 2015
Limited person-to-person transmission is likely to have occurred on multiple occasions since the H7N9 virus was first identified. However, these transmission events represented a small fraction of all identified cases of H7N9 human infection, and sustained person-to-person transmission was not documented
Avian flu virus found in bird excretions in rural city
A South Korean provincial government said that the avian influenza virus had been found in bird excretions in the southern part of the country. The government of North Gyeongsang Province said the H7N7 strain of avian influenza was detected in the excretions of wild birds
Industry News
Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate. This study is in support of Medicago's flu program and expected launch of the vaccine in time for the 2020 influenza season in Canada, USA and Europe
Vulnerable groups may be put at risk
Many German doctors are angry about not being able to offer the best prices for flu vaccinations for four strains of flu as insurers holdback on agreed pay-outs for the vaccine protection needed
Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny Appointed To The Human Vaccines Project Board Of Directors
The Human Vaccines Project has appointed Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny to its Board of Directors. Dr. Kieny is currently Director of Research at Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherché Médicale (INSERM) where she connects INSERM with the international health research community, and has held several positions at the World Health Organization
CDC does not recommend flu mist as flu shot alternative this season
In Honolulu, the flu season has started. The CDC says now is the time to get the flu vaccine, but to get the shot and not FluMist
Flu Vaccines for the 2017/2018 season? What do they contain when can we get vaccinated?
In Poland, two flu vaccines are recommended for the 2017/2018 flu season: Sanofi Pasteur’s Vaxigrip Tetra and BGP Products’ Influvac
Academic studies
Biochemists discover mechanism that helps flu viruses evolve
Flu viruses' rapid evolution relies in part on hijacking some of the cellular machinery of the infected host cell -- a group of proteins called chaperones, which help other proteins fold into the correct shape. When viruses are unable to get help from these proteins, they do not evolve as rapidly, research shows
Australian Biotech Leads New Hope for Influenza Control
Australian researchers could pave the way for a new approach to influenza control with positive results presented from preclinical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of anti-influenza drug compounds to prevent and treat influenza infections
Pediatric influenza news
Lib Nat government would fund free flu vaccines
Victoria’s state Opposition has committed to free flu vaccines for all kids, should it win the next state election. Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge announced that a Liberal Nationals Government would provide up to $7 million over four years for free voluntary flu vaccinations for all Victorian children between the ages of six months and five years old
Half of Cornish children not vaccinated against flu virus are at risk of serious illness or death
Nearly half of Cornish children have not been vaccinated against the flu virus and are at risk of serious illness or death, new figures have revealed. Figures from Public Health England revealed 363 two-to-four year olds in the region considered at particular risk from flu due to existing health conditions, went unvaccinated in 2016-17
Over 65’s influenza news
Flu shot effectiveness boosted by listening to your favourite song, researchers find
The researchers found a link between those who recorded a good mood throughout the six-week observation period, and levels of flu protection detected in a person's blood four months later. But there was an even stronger link found between the jab's effectiveness and being in a good mood on the day of the vaccine itself.
Pharmacists urge flu jabs as ‘worst epidemic in 50 years’ heads to Ireland and UK from Australia this winter
Irish pharmacists are urging the public to get flu jabs this winter after Australia suffered a deadly outbreak which killed eight pensioners in a single care home
Maybe more adults should get the high-dose flu shot
Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and could save lives. The findings of a new study call for clinical trials of the high-dose and new recombinant trivalent influenza vaccines in 50- to 64-year-old adults with chronic illnesses, to determine if they offer better protection than the currently recommended standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine
General Influenza News
Experts fear flu vaccine less effective
Experts warn the flu vaccine's effectiveness may have dropped below 40 per cent this year. Flaws in its manufacturing and design have become apparent. The current vaccine is grown in eggs - but scientist are now concerned that this may cause the vaccine to mutate, rendering it less effective
Healthy people are dying from the flu and doctors say it’s time to make the influenza vaccine free
The flu vaccine should be provided free for everyone as the death toll mounts from this year’s killer flu outbreak doctors say. The government is also under pressure to buy better quality flu vaccines with experts claiming the cheap as chips version we use does not properly protect the elderly
16th Annual Meeting on Influenza
Influenza 2018 will attract a large group of scientists and researchers round the globe. This two-day Conference will address key issues concerning Influenza strains, pandemics, epidemics and its impacts in the broader context of Epidemiology, Pathology, Virology, Clinical microbiology and Immunology
CDC highlights security programs against infectious disease
Over the past decade alone, epidemiologists have been kept busy responding to infectious disease outbreaks with enormous global health and economic impacts. To highlight its efforts to contain and alleviate outbreaks, the CDC will publish a special supplement to its journal Emerging Infectious Diseases discussing programs created to effectively respond to them
Canberra mother dies after contracting flu
In Australia, ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris expressed her sympathy to the family of a young mother killed by the flu. She said that "we also need to talk about the federal government's role in making sure that the flu vaccine is readily available to people that may already be vulnerable or people working particularly in healthcare settings or in other workplaces where there may be vulnerable people"
What is Aussie Flu? Doctor Chris discusses KILLER outbreak coming to UK on This Morning
TV Dr Chris talks about the flu outbreak in Australia and what it means for the UK, and speculates that “We have a flu vaccine for children over here - the nasal spray - which they don't have in Australia, which may be why it's been so bad over there"
Killer ‘Aussie flu’ H3N2 is heading to the UK
Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert from Nottingham Trent University, thinks it’s inevitable the Aussie flu will make its way to the UK
Vaccination: Minister allays fears
Minister for Health and Family Welfare K.R. Ramesh Kumar has allayed fears among some sections of the society that vaccination could lead to undesirable consequences
Burden of disease
Flu season has arrived in Colorado
It may only be September, but already, flu season is taking its toll on Colorado. As of Tuesday, 20 Coloradans have been hospitalized with Type A Influenza, since Aug. 1, when the state department of health begins tracking "flu season"
Reporting mismatch: Six swine flu deaths in Delhi but 31 alone in a single hospital
A total of 2,755 cases of swine flu have been reported from Delhi till September 17, according to the country-wide data released by IDSP. The number of cases is likely to be much higher as swine flu causes symptoms like fever, cold and cough and very few need hospital admission

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Flu is a tragic illness how can we get more people to vaccinate? Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than
Bill Gates hopes talk with Trump on vaccine programs was ‘enlightening’ Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he hopes his conversation with President Trump about vaccines was “enlightening”
FluBlok Quadrivalent comparable to IIV4 in young adults A comparison of recombinant and inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccines found that the two vaccines (Protein Sciences’ Flublok Quadrivalent and GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent) demonstrated similar immunogenicity, safety and tolerability among patients aged 18 to 49 years
Influenza - Sanofi Pasteur announced a new Quadrivalent flu vaccine Vaxigrip Tetra is available With the influenza season starting, Sanofi Pasteur has announced that a new quadrivalent flu vaccine (Vaxigrip Tetra) is available. Mario Merlo , General Manager Sanofi Pasteur Italy and Malta, said that the company was working on progressively converting the entire range of flu vaccines from trivalent to quadrivalent
Monthly visits to pharmacies hit 2m In Ireland, 78,939 people received our flu vaccination in a community pharmacy in the 2016/2017 season
Novartis’s new chief sets sights on ‘productivity revolution’ The incoming chief executive of Novartis, Vas Narasimhan, has vowed to slash drug development costs, eyeing savings of up to 25 per cent on multibillion-dollar clinical trials as part of a “productivity revolution”
Antiviral combo cuts flu virus shedding but not symptoms A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that a triple combination of antivirals reduced the number of days the influenza virus was shed from participants compared with treatment of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) alone but did not provide a clinical benefit to patients
An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness A new study suggests that older people who are in a good mood when they get the shot have a better immune response. British researchers followed 138 people ages 65 to 85 who got the 2014-15 vaccine. Using well-validated tests in the weeks before and after their shots, the scientists recorded mood, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, diet and other measures of psychological and physical health.
Flu survey finds 99% of patients would have their vaccination at a pharmacy again Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found
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Flu is a tragic illness how can we get more people to vaccinate?
Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than
Flu season should not be taken lightly — get vaccinated
It’s time to get flu shots. For people 65 years and older, two vaccines are available: a high-dose version that contains four time the amount of immune-response agent as a regular flu shot, and the Fluad vaccine aimed at boosting one’s immune response to vaccination
Pandemic Influenza News
Imperial flu-expert talks about pandemics and responding to outbreaks
Professor Steven Riley talks about flu pandemics and the work of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modelling, Imperial College London
Industry News
Bill Gates hopes talk with Trump on vaccine programs was ‘enlightening’
Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he hopes his conversation with President Trump about vaccines was “enlightening”
Influenza - Sanofi Pasteur announced a new Quadrivalent flu vaccine Vaxigrip Tetra is available
With the influenza season starting, Sanofi Pasteur has announced that a new quadrivalent flu vaccine (Vaxigrip Tetra) is available. Mario Merlo , General Manager Sanofi Pasteur Italy and Malta, said that the company was working on progressively converting the entire range of flu vaccines from trivalent to quadrivalent
FluBlok Quadrivalent comparable to IIV4 in young adults
A comparison of recombinant and inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccines found that the two vaccines (Protein Sciences’ Flublok Quadrivalent and GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent) demonstrated similar immunogenicity, safety and tolerability among patients aged 18 to 49 years
Monthly visits to pharmacies hit 2m
In Ireland, 78,939 people received our flu vaccination in a community pharmacy in the 2016/2017 season
Northern Beaches hospitals see 200% rise in people with flu
Northern Sydney Public Health Director Michael Staff said this year there were four strains of the flu virus, and he would not know how effective the flu vaccine had been until statistics were collated, but early data suggested the jab had been very efficient against three of the strains
Fears of Irish flu crisis as experts appeal for early vaccinations
An appeal has been issued for people to get a flu vaccine early this year. Hospitals across Ireland are bracing themselves for the worst after a heavy flu outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter
Novartis’s new chief sets sights on ‘productivity revolution’
The incoming chief executive of Novartis, Vas Narasimhan, has vowed to slash drug development costs, eyeing savings of up to 25 per cent on multibillion-dollar clinical trials as part of a “productivity revolution”
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals : RAPIVAB Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication
BioCryst announced that the U.S. FDA has approved a supplemental New Drug Application for RAPIVAB (peramivir injection), extending its availability for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza to pediatric patients 2 years and older who have been symptomatic for no more than two days
Research leads to better flu vaccine
FluGen’s lead vaccine, M2SR or RedeeFlu, tricks the body into believing it is infected without making you sick, by cutting a piece of the virus out so that it can enter your system but not multiply like a real virus would
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Antiviral combo cuts flu virus shedding but not symptoms
A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that a triple combination of antivirals reduced the number of days the influenza virus was shed from participants compared with treatment of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) alone but did not provide a clinical benefit to patients
Pediatric influenza news
Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise
Last week a study was published that found an association between the flu vaccine and early-term miscarriage in some women. "These results are something we need to pay attention to and follow up on, but the overwhelming data supports the importance of vaccination," says Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities
Nearly half of at-risk children not vaccinated against flu
Nearly half of parents of children at risk of serious illness or death from the flu are failing to get them vaccinated against the virus. Figures from Public Health England reveal 35,689 two-to-four year olds considered at particular risk from flu due to existing health conditions went unvaccinated in 2016-17
Why we shouldn't get complacent about vaccinating our kids
As vaccination programmes are rolled out across Scotland, Daily Record columnist argues that the slightest swing away from mass immunisation could have serious consequences
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#GPnews: Good mood 'increases effect' of flu jab in older people, researchers claim
Being 'in a positive mood' on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect, according to findings by researchers at the University of Nottingham
An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness
A new study suggests that older people who are in a good mood when they get the shot have a better immune response. British researchers followed 138 people ages 65 to 85 who got the 2014-15 vaccine. Using well-validated tests in the weeks before and after their shots, the scientists recorded mood, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, diet and other measures of psychological and physical health.
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Flu survey finds 99% of patients would have their vaccination at a pharmacy again
Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found
Airedale Hospital staff to be vaccinated against flu
In the UK, hundreds of Airedale Hospital staff are to be vaccinated against flu. The move comes as NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens warns that hospitals should be prepared for a "more pressurised" flu season this winter
Dreaded Aussie flu heading towards Britain could kill as many people as the Hong Kong pandemic of 1968, public health expert warns
There are concerns the flu vaccine, made by WHO scientists, will prove to be ineffective in the UK as it will not match the H3N2 strain. Some health experts in Australia have blamed the severe outbreak on the vaccine not matching, with figures suggesting it to have performed poorly, potentially due to it having mutated. The vaccine used in the UK will be very similar
Pharmacists warn 'bad flu season ahead' and urge people to get vaccinated
Experts are predicting a particularly bad flu season this winter, so people are being urged to get themselves vaccinated as early as possible. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), Australia has already reported twice as many cases of the illness this year compared to last year
Swine flu detected at 2nd Maryland fair
For the second time in as many weeks, a Maryland fair is dealing with cases of swine flu. The Maryland Department of Agriculture issued a statement Sunday, saying tests showed 11 pigs from The Great Frederick Fair are infected with influenza A
Vaccine sceptics are becoming fewer and fewer
The new Italian vaccine law has had a first positive effect in that fewer families are refusing to have their children immunised, in order for them to attend school
10 things to know about this year's flu season
Three FDA-approved antiviral medications are recommended for use during the 2017-2018 flu season: oseltamivir (available in generic versions and under the trade name Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab)
Burden of disease
Deadliest epidemic 'for 50 years' heading for UK as Aussie flu outbreak continues
What has been dubbed as the most serious flu epidemic in 50 years could soon reach the UK, experts have warned. Australia is still recovering from the effects of the H3N2 flu strain, which has affected at least 100,000 people in the country so far this year
Flu season outlook: Hospitals already seeing influenza cases
Last year, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment officially started surveilling the virus on October 2. Health officials said 20 cases of the influenza virus have already been reported this year, double what it was this time last year, particularly impacting older people
Flu season starting early in Wisconsin
Eight influenza-related hospitalizations have occurred in Wisconsin since Sept. 1 and health officials are concerned a very active flu season in the Southern Hemisphere could be a predictor of a similar situation here

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Routine use of new type of flu vaccine in older people 'could prevent 1,700 deaths' If older people were switched from a conventional non-adjuvanted vaccine currently used in the UK immunisation programme to an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV), 195,600 cases of influenza could be prevented, according to estimations by researchers; Seqirus announced last month that it could supply 10 million doses of Fluad in the UK for the 2018-19 flu season
The flu will kill more people in Australia Australia’s Health Ministry is considering adopting a more powerful form of the flu vaccine to cope with the epidemic. Health authorities have begun negotiations with Seqirus to market the FLUAD vaccine, which will increase the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine
How can we get more people to vaccinate against flu? Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than five
VaccinatioNCelebration Offers NC-Made Flu Shots at NCBiotech Oct. 17 The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is hosting the second annual VaccinatioNCelebration flu shot clinic all day Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, to highlight North Carolinians’ production of the newest generation of flu vaccine. The vaccine, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, is made at the $1 billion Seqirus biomanufacturing facility in Holly Springs from a cell culture process rather than the traditional growing of the key component in chicken eggs.
Pharma in talks to bring super flu vaccine to Australia Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt asked chief medical officer Brendan Murphy to look at ways to boost the strength or effectiveness of the influenza vaccine next year. “Sanofi Pasteur has begun very high-level, preliminary discussions with Australia’s chief medical officer regarding our high-dose influenza vaccine. We are committed to assist both the Health Department and the Australian community to reduce the impact of influenza now and in the future” said a Sanofi spokesperson
BioCryst scores FDA approval on flu treatment for children On the heels of an $80 million public offering, BioCryst has landed U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Rapivab, its injectable flu treatment in pediatric patients
SK Chemicals awarded ‘2017 New Drug Grand Prize’ SK Chemicals has received the “2017 New Drug Grand Prize” from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. “This is recognition of SK Chemicals’ innovative R&D achievements in the biotechnology field such as vaccines and blood products,” the company said. SK Chemicals has commercialized Skycellflu, the world's first quadrivalent cell culture flu vaccine
Atriva reaches a development milestone and receives an additional tranche of running seed financing to develop its influenza therapeutic to clinical stage The next generation of Antiviral Therapies: Co-Led by Stichting Participatie Atriva and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Atriva Therapeutics GmbH has received a second tranche of its running seed financing in total of € 3 Mn from Dutch, German and Canadian investors, after lead compound ATR-002 (Atriva’s antiviral MEK-Inhibitor against Influenza) has passed an important preclinical milestone paving the way to clinical development stage.
T1D Risk Increased Following Influenza A H1N1 Diagnosis in Children The 2009 pandemic influenza A H1N1 outbreak has been linked to an increased risk for new-onset type 1 diabetes in children under the age of 15, according to a study presented at the 53rd European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting
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How can we get more people to vaccinate against flu?
Some parents have concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine; Australians were spooked by a 2010 incident when there was a temporary suspension of flu vaccine for children under five after reports of an increase in the rate of convulsions in children. The one vaccine found to be the cause (BioCSL/Seqiris Fluvax) is no longer approved for use in children younger than five
The flu will kill more people in Australia
Australia’s Health Ministry is considering adopting a more powerful form of the flu vaccine to cope with the epidemic. Health authorities have begun negotiations with Seqirus to market the FLUAD vaccine, which will increase the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine
Routine use of new type of flu vaccine in older people 'could prevent 1,700 deaths'
If older people were switched from a conventional non-adjuvanted vaccine currently used in the UK immunisation programme to an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV), 195,600 cases of influenza could be prevented, according to estimations by researchers; Seqirus announced last month that it could supply 10 million doses of Fluad in the UK for the 2018-19 flu season
Flu experts: Hoping for milder season, more effective vaccine
The CDC said some flu shots will protect against three flu viruses, while others protect against four flu viruses. There are two new flu vaccines: an inactivated version known as Afluria and Flublok. The CDC also has approved for the first time a cell-based candidate vaccine virus for flu vaccine production in the Northern Hemisphere
VaccinatioNCelebration Offers NC-Made Flu Shots at NCBiotech Oct. 17
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is hosting the second annual VaccinatioNCelebration flu shot clinic all day Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, to highlight North Carolinians’ production of the newest generation of flu vaccine. The vaccine, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, is made at the $1 billion Seqirus biomanufacturing facility in Holly Springs from a cell culture process rather than the traditional growing of the key component in chicken eggs.
Pandemic Influenza News
Uganda, Zimbabwe infected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Uganda and Zimbabwe have been added to the list of countries/regions affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Poultry keepers urged to take precautions to reduce bird flu risk
In light of the ongoing risk of avian flu, the four UK farming unions have been working together with government and the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group to highlight the importance of maintaining high levels of on-farm biosecurity
Industry News
BioCryst scores FDA approval on flu treatment for children
On the heels of an $80 million public offering, BioCryst has landed U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Rapivab, its injectable flu treatment in pediatric patients
SK Chemicals awarded ‘2017 New Drug Grand Prize’
SK Chemicals has received the “2017 New Drug Grand Prize” from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. “This is recognition of SK Chemicals’ innovative R&D achievements in the biotechnology field such as vaccines and blood products,” the company said. SK Chemicals has commercialized Skycellflu, the world's first quadrivalent cell culture flu vaccine
Atriva reaches a development milestone and receives an additional tranche of running seed financing to develop its influenza therapeutic to clinical stage
The next generation of Antiviral Therapies: Co-Led by Stichting Participatie Atriva and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Atriva Therapeutics GmbH has received a second tranche of its running seed financing in total of € 3 Mn from Dutch, German and Canadian investors, after lead compound ATR-002 (Atriva’s antiviral MEK-Inhibitor against Influenza) has passed an important preclinical milestone paving the way to clinical development stage.
Vaccines prevent 3m deaths each year
After the 27th National Vaccination Symposium, GlaxoSmithKline Medical Advisor Prof. Dr. Anıl Dutta said that vaccination prevented many diseases every year and that a significant number of diseases were eliminated in many countries thanks to regular vaccination
Doctors, experts say no to FluMist for upcoming flu season
Flu season is quickly approaching which means parents are prepping for some unhappy kids as, once again, the FluMist is being tossed aside in favor of the flu shot. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics had already stopped recommending the nasal spray saying it was barely effective at preventing the virus
Why Novavax, Inc. Could Be a Gold Mine for Growth Investors
In August, Novavax announced that its flu vaccine produced superior hemagglutinin antigen inhibition antibody responses in ferrets compared to Sanofi's Fluzone and Fluzone HD. The preclinical results were so impressive that Novavax is rushing to advance the vaccine, which it now calls NanoFlu
Pharma in talks to bring super flu vaccine to Australia
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt asked chief medical officer Brendan Murphy to look at ways to boost the strength or effectiveness of the influenza vaccine next year. “Sanofi Pasteur has begun very high-level, preliminary discussions with Australia’s chief medical officer regarding our high-dose influenza vaccine. We are committed to assist both the Health Department and the Australian community to reduce the impact of influenza now and in the future” said a Sanofi spokesperson
Here's A Play In BioCryst Pharmaceuticals That Markets Just Missed
For a company that just picked up a major FDA approval, BioCryst is trading remarkably flat. Premarket on Thursday, September 21, the company announced that the FDA has approved its RAPIVAB asset for pediatric use
Irish Medicines regulator faces legal suit over flu vaccine
The Irish medicines regulator is to be sued for its alleged failure to act upon safety concerns that were conveyed to it about the Pandemrix flu vaccine.
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Experts: Pregnant women should get a flu shot, despite miscarriage study
A new government-funded study appears to show a link between flu shots in pregnant women and miscarriage, but experts warn families not to jump to conclusions
Vet researcher gets $700K to study swine diseases, influenza B virus
A Kansas State University veterinary researcher is taking aim at swine diseases with the help of two major grants. The NIH grant will be used to investigate the connections between respiratory swine disease and influenza B virus
Trial shows safety and tolerability of antisense oligomer for treatment of influenza A
A phase 1 clinical trial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that radavirsen -- an antisense oligomer that inhibits the production of certain influenza proteins -- is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals. Additional studies on radavirsen's potential as a treatment for influenza are warranted
Pediatric influenza news
Thousands of clinically at-risk Birmingham children don’t get flu vaccines
Nearly half of parents of children in the West Midlands at risk of serious illness or death from the flu are failing to get them vaccinated against the virus. Figures from Public Health England reveal 2,389 two-to-four year olds in the region considered at particular risk from flu due to existing health conditions went unvaccinated in 2016-17
The Pregnancy Vaccine Scare That Should Have Never Been
Paul A. Offit, professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explains why the study saying that the influenza vaccine given in the first trimester of pregnancy might have caused miscarriages should not have been published
What Are The Side Effects Of The Flu Shot In Infants? Don't Let These Deter You
Doctors give the flu vaccine to patients as young as 6 months old, as catching the flu at this age can be devastating. The side effects of the vaccine are not serious, and the benefits far outweigh the risks
T1D Risk Increased Following Influenza A H1N1 Diagnosis in Children
The 2009 pandemic influenza A H1N1 outbreak has been linked to an increased risk for new-onset type 1 diabetes in children under the age of 15, according to a study presented at the 53rd European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting
LAIV ineffective for children during 2015-2016 season
Although vaccination against influenza lessened the chances of illness, the live-attenuated vaccine demonstrated inefficacy and the inactivated vaccine demonstrated significant effectiveness in children for the 2015-2016 season, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine
Libs promise free flu jabs for kids as nation reels from horror season
The Coalition in Victoria has promised to fund free flu vaccines for children aged between six months and five years old if it wins the 2018 state election. Making the flu shot free would send parents "a clear message that it is safe and responsible and important that children are vaccinated," the Liberals' health spokeswoman, Mary Wooldridge said
Take flu vaccine before winter starts in UAE, advise doctors
Parents must brace themselves and keep an eye out on their young ones, because flu season has arrived in the UAE, warn doctors. Dr Rashmi Mathia, internal medicine specialist, Universal Hospital, recommends taking the flu shot each year
Are you doing everything you can for your's child's health? Parents failing to protect children from flu
Around two in five parents of children in Gloucestershire at risk of serious illness or death from the flu are failing to get them vaccinated against the virus. Figures from Public Health England reveal 266 two-to-four year olds in the county considered at particular risk from flu due to existing health conditions went unvaccinated in 2016-17
Flu program to cover parents of infants
In Taiwan, government-funded influenza vaccines will be available starting next week, the Centers for Disease Control said, adding that parents with infants younger than six months old and people who work at preschools or nurseries would be covered by the program
Over 65’s influenza news
Flu vaccine used in elderly may benefit middle-aged adults with chronic conditions
Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Worst flu season in five years on Gold Coast prompts lockdown in nursing homes
Nursing homes are in lockdown as frontline Gold Coast health providers continue to reel from one of the worst flu seasons in decades. In the year to September 17, 448 people were hospitalised suffering from the flu with 4882 “influenza notifications” recorded for the period. An aged care nursing source revealed three homes on the Coast are currently in lockdown due to flu outbreaks. Gold Coast public health unit staff specialist Anu Anuradha said the elderly were the worst affected by what was the toughest flu season in about five years.
Your flu shot might prevent a heart attack or stroke
A study published in the medical journal JAMA found that getting a flu vaccine reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or other major cardiac events — including death — by about a third over the following year
General Influenza News
Influenza Vaccine: Safe Storage Tips
An instructional video posted on the CDC's YouTube page provides pharmacists and other health care professionals with information about safe vaccine storage of the 2017-2018 influenza vaccines. JoEllen Wolicki, a nurse educator with the CDC, notes that that CDC recommends an “in purpose-built unit specifically designed for the storage of biologics, or if necessary, a stand alone household refrigerator” to store flu vaccines
Can Clinicians Influence Influenza Vaccination Rates?
Clinicians have heard plenty of concerns from reluctant patients, ranging from the prudent to the absurd, but patients rarely sit down with data to analyze short- and long-term risks of influenza infection
Influenza vaccine is safe: PHCC expert
With the Qatar influenza vaccination campaign set to kick off on September 24, the Primary Health Care Corporation has assured people that the shot is safe, debunking the myth that the vaccine makes people fall ill
Flu begins making the rounds in Wisconsin; state health officials urge use of flu vaccine
State health officials say the flu season is getting an early start in Wisconsin. Officials with the state say the flu shot is safe and effective for people six months old and older
Flu season near: Doctors recommend not playing ‘viral roulette’
It’s almost flu season and doctors are recommending annual flu shots to reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization, missed work or school or even death. Nasal spray should not be used this season and only injectable vaccines are expected to be effective this year
Swine flu kills 87 in 83 days in Madhya Pradesh
The death toll due to swine flu in Madhya Pradesh stands at 87 in 83 days (July 1 to September 21), even as 129 persons are being treated for the disease in different hospitals, officials said
12 Flu Season Facts You Need to Know
In terms of dominance, no product is more popular among physicians and consumers come flu season than Sanofi's FluZone. FluZone has benefited from being offered in a half-dozen dosing options, including one option featuring a needle that's 90% shorter than a traditional needle
Fighting the flu can be a matter of life and death – so what more can we do?
Australia is coming out of its most deadly influenza season for more than 10 years and experts say increased vaccination alone will not help enough. Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt, has asked the chief medical officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, to ensure that all aged care workers are properly vaccinated
Maryland Department of Agriculture Update on Swine Influenza
The Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh inspected the pigs under quarantine at the Charles County Fairgrounds as a result of an Influenza A (H3N2 subtype) detection in swine exhibited there
Mass vaccination against swine flu not recommended: Govt panel
A committee set up by the Indian health ministry to review its guidelines on seasonal influenza vaccination (H1N1), in the wake of a spurt in swine flu cases, has said there is “no need” for mass vaccination. The committee has also suggested vaccinating people aged over 65 and children six months to eight years on a case-by-case basis
Overstretched hospitals face winter flu crisis, doctors warn
“Winter last year was relatively mild and without a major outbreak of flu. There are indications that the flu vaccine will not be as successful this year and as such we anticipate that conditions will be even more difficult,” said Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Flu warning: Experts warn of UK's worst epidemic for almost 50 years
A spokeswoman for Public Health England said it was: “Continuing to prepare for all scenarios this winter and this includes the implementation of the vaccine programme.” She added: “Our vaccines contain the strains which the World Health Organisation recommends we vaccinate against, based on the best available evidence
Why flu vaccines so often fail
Researchers are questioning what was once received wisdom: that the flu vaccine fails when manufacturers, working months ahead of flu season, incorrectly guess which strains will end up spreading. And they’re learning instead that the vaccine may falter even when the right strains were used to make it, perhaps because of how it is produced or quirks of individual immune systems
How the CDC uses Google, AI, and even Twitter to forecast flu outbreaks
The CDC needs all the information that it can get to prepare for flu season; machine learning is bringing together a staggering amount of data — comprising everything from retail sales of flu medication to Google searches about symptoms — to create the best possible picture of the spread of the virus, as it happens
Burden of disease
‘One confirmed out of 34 suspected H1N1 influenza cases’
A total of 34 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza have been reported so far this year in Punjab with only one case confirmed positive, whereas, last year 443 cases were reported resulting in 31 deaths, said a WHO official. Dr Jamshaid Ahmed, national professional officer, Surveillance and Response, addressing an awareness seminar on pandemic influenza at the University of Health Sciences, said that injectable influenza vaccine was the best immunity for those under threat
More than 650 Victorians hospitalised and scores dead amid worst epidemic in years
More than 650 Victorians have been admitted with the flu to major hospitals — with 9 per cent so severe they were put in intensive care. Experts stressed it showed getting the vaccine was more important than ever
Flu season arrives early in Alaska, especially in the north
The flu season is making an early appearance in Alaska this year, according to state Division of Epidemiology statistics, especially in the northern part of the state. After the typical lull over the summer with fewer than 100 cases per month, the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases in the state jumped to 159 for the first 19 days of September

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Vigilance cautioned for administering flu vaccinations to children The GP Roundtable has reported to the AMA that there have been a number of cases of Seqirus Afluria Quad being incorrectly administered to children under five years of age. GPs are reminded to be vigilant in their administration of flu vaccines to children. It is important for medical professionals to check they are administering the correct prescription and vaccine. This includes checking that the pharmacist has supplied the correct vaccine and that no mix-ups have occurred before administering the vaccine.
Western Cape department dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu The Western Cape Agriculture Department is dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu in the province. And by the end of this week, about two million chickens and ducks would have been culled as a result of the outbreaks
BioCryst’s RAPIVAB (peramivir injection) Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication BioCryst clinched approval from the U.S. FDA for its supplemental new drug application for Rapivab (peramivir injection). The approval marks "the first new influenza antiviral for pediatric use in over 10 years," said BioCryst president and CEO Jon P. Stonehouse
US Health Department partners with Janssen Research & Development to develop new flu vaccines A new public-private partnership between the federal government and Janssen Research & Development LLC seeks to jointly innovate new products in the constantly evolving battle against influenza.
SLU Tests New Stronger Flu Vaccine St. Louis University researchers begin a new study on a high dose flu vaccine given to the elderly. Dr. Sharon Frey says they’ll be testing the ‘quadrivalent version’ of the flu vaccine for safety and efficacy in volunteers over the age of 65
High-dose flu vaccine could protect middle-aged adults with chronic conditions Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Why is Switzerland one of the wealthiest nations in the world running out of vaccines? It’s one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to change their basic practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and what’s being done about it?
Flu epidemic hits Guam, Public Health says The Department of Public Health of Guam announced the onset of a Type A influenza epidemic on the island, and people are being advised to get immunised against the virus
Accurate data essential in confronting flu epidemics In the midst of the flu epidemic that has killed scores of Australians, Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised important questions about the management of the outbreak in Victoria. With another 12 weeks of the flu season to go, medical authorities also face hard questions about the efficacy of this year’s flu injection
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Vigilance cautioned for administering flu vaccinations to children
The GP Roundtable has reported to the AMA that there have been a number of cases of Seqirus Afluria Quad being incorrectly administered to children under five years of age. GPs are reminded to be vigilant in their administration of flu vaccines to children. It is important for medical professionals to check they are administering the correct prescription and vaccine. This includes checking that the pharmacist has supplied the correct vaccine and that no mix-ups have occurred before administering the vaccine.
Pandemic Influenza News
American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control
American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control
Western Cape department dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu
The Western Cape Agriculture Department is dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu in the province. And by the end of this week, about two million chickens and ducks would have been culled as a result of the outbreaks
Industry News
Billionaires Are Gobbling Up This Beaten-Down Biotech Stock: Should You?
If Novavax can somehow change the trajectory of its RSV program, its stock could rise fast, but no deep-pocketed partner has yet stepped forward to offer Novavax a much-needed lifeline, which seems to reflect the industry's dire view of the vaccine's prospects moving forward
US Health Department partners with Janssen Research & Development to develop new flu vaccines
A new public-private partnership between the federal government and Janssen Research & Development LLC seeks to jointly innovate new products in the constantly evolving battle against influenza.
BioCryst’s RAPIVAB (peramivir injection) Receives FDA Approval for a Pediatric Indication
BioCryst clinched approval from the U.S. FDA for its supplemental new drug application for Rapivab (peramivir injection). The approval marks "the first new influenza antiviral for pediatric use in over 10 years," said BioCryst president and CEO Jon P. Stonehouse
Combination vaccines expand range of prevention
Combination vaccines, which can prevent more viruses with fewer injections, have recently come to the market one after the other.
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A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick
Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A
SLU Tests New Stronger Flu Vaccine
St. Louis University researchers begin a new study on a high dose flu vaccine given to the elderly. Dr. Sharon Frey says they’ll be testing the ‘quadrivalent version’ of the flu vaccine for safety and efficacy in volunteers over the age of 65
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High-dose flu vaccine could protect middle-aged adults with chronic conditions
Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
General Influenza News
Why is Switzerland one of the wealthiest nations in the world running out of vaccines?
It’s one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to change their basic practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and what’s being done about it?
Polish officials give each other flu shots, encourage public to vaccinate
Poland’s Senate Speaker and health minister have inoculated each other against flu in front of the cameras in an effort to promote vaccination among the public
With the launch of a vaccination campaign Diresa hopes to avert the spread of H3N2
In Piura, Peru, a flu vaccination campaign has begun after two cases of H3N2 were discovered
Call for the population to get free flu vaccinations
Panama Health Ministry is relaunching its flu vaccination campaign as it still has 500,000 doses available for free
Flu season: What to know about the (sometimes) deadly virus
The CDC recommends people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Flu vaccines manufacturers anticipated they'd make between 151 million and 166 million vaccine doses for the 2017-18 flu season, according to the CDC
Flu Vaccines Best Protection
A flu pandemic was most likely to emerge in another country and give Australia some lead time to respond, Tasmania’s director of public health Dr Mark Veitch said. Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Tasmanian president John Dowling said in the two years pharmacists could administer flu vaccines it increased the state’s coverage
Burden of disease
Flu epidemic hits Guam, Public Health says
The Department of Public Health of Guam announced the onset of a Type A influenza epidemic on the island, and people are being advised to get immunised against the virus
Accurate data essential in confronting flu epidemics
In the midst of the flu epidemic that has killed scores of Australians, Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised important questions about the management of the outbreak in Victoria. With another 12 weeks of the flu season to go, medical authorities also face hard questions about the efficacy of this year’s flu injection
Fatal flu warning ‘lost in bureaucratic mix-up’
An outbreak of influenza A that killed eight residents at a nursing home in regional Victoria was overlooked by Canberra for almost three weeks because the state government notified the wrong federal agency
Scores of nursing home residents battling influenza
About 55 residents of two South Australian nursing homes in Mount Gambier are battling influenza, as staff express disbelief at how quickly the virus has spread through the facilities
MD Department of Health finds swine flu in seven people
The Maryland Department of Health determined seven people have contracted the influenza virus strain H3N2v (variant flu) after contact with swine at the Charles County Fair, but none of the illnesses are considered serious and not one of the victims have been hospitalized

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New type of flu vaccine could save thousands of over-65s A new adjuvanted flu vaccine could prevent more than 1,700 flu deaths in adults aged 65 years and over every year across the UK, according to a study. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant designed to help the body’s immune system to better fight off the flu virus
2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations There are updated recommendations concerning the trivalent formulation of Afluria. After consideration of new data, ACIP now recommends Afluria trivalent for use in persons aged 5 years and older, consistent with FDA-approved labelling
Is the CSL Limited share price about to storm higher? Recommendation to buy CSL stock because “as well as opportunities in hereditary angioedema and haemophilia, I also expect its fledgling Seqirus vaccines business to provide a boost to its earnings in the near future”
Australia’s flu outbreak to last for another 12 weeks The toll from Australia’s flu epidemic is poised to rise, as experts warn that the season has up to 12 weeks to run in some states. The health department is investigating whether it could approve a quadruple-strength flu shot available in the US, while Seqirus is negotiating with the government about getting approval for its vaccine booster, FLUAD
UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza By successfully securing 3.19 billion KRW in research funding over four years, a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds, is expected to accelerate the development of a self-powered tracking device for bird flu outbreak prediction
RCL Foods and Quantum Foods report cases of avian flu outbreaks Poultry producers RCL Foods and Quantum Foods reported cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) in their separate farms in the Western Cape
J&J and HHS Team Up on Flu Vaccine and Drug R&D The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced a public-private partnership with Janssen R&D to drive advanced development of a portfolio of therapeutic products to prevent or treat infections caused by emerging infectious diseases, including influenza viruses with pandemic potential
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu(TM) Vaccine in Older Adults Novavax announced the enrollment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix-M adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults
Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination Prior season influenza vaccination did not decrease the effectiveness of the current season vaccination, according to a recent study published in BMC Medicine
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New type of flu vaccine could save thousands of over-65s
A new adjuvanted flu vaccine could prevent more than 1,700 flu deaths in adults aged 65 years and over every year across the UK, according to a study. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant designed to help the body’s immune system to better fight off the flu virus
2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations
There are updated recommendations concerning the trivalent formulation of Afluria. After consideration of new data, ACIP now recommends Afluria trivalent for use in persons aged 5 years and older, consistent with FDA-approved labelling
Is the CSL Limited share price about to storm higher?
Recommendation to buy CSL stock because “as well as opportunities in hereditary angioedema and haemophilia, I also expect its fledgling Seqirus vaccines business to provide a boost to its earnings in the near future”
Australia’s flu outbreak to last for another 12 weeks
The toll from Australia’s flu epidemic is poised to rise, as experts warn that the season has up to 12 weeks to run in some states. The health department is investigating whether it could approve a quadruple-strength flu shot available in the US, while Seqirus is negotiating with the government about getting approval for its vaccine booster, FLUAD
Pandemic Influenza News
RCL Foods and Quantum Foods report cases of avian flu outbreaks
Poultry producers RCL Foods and Quantum Foods reported cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) in their separate farms in the Western Cape
UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza
By successfully securing 3.19 billion KRW in research funding over four years, a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds, is expected to accelerate the development of a self-powered tracking device for bird flu outbreak prediction
U.S. experts share avian influenza best practice with African governments
US avian influenza experts met high-level officials from eight African countries in Pretoria this week, to share best practice in the prevention and control of an avian influenza outbreak
Industry News
No FluMist vaccines again this flu season
Columbia Public Health and Human Services will not be offering nasal sprays as a part of their flu vaccine lineup this flu season; in a study from the CDC, FluMist was found to be almost useless in preventing the flu in the time it has been used
In Estonia, the Health board decides children can be vaccinated against flu, but not yet with the new vaccine Vaxigrip Tetral
In Estonia, the Health board decides children can be vaccinated against flu but not yet with the new vaccine Vaxigrip Tetral
Altimmune to start Phase 2 study of intranasal flu vaccine
Altimmune was cleared by the FDA to start a Phase 2 clinical study of their intranasal flu vaccine. Altimmune says the vaccine, NasoVAX, has the potential to stimulate a broader and quicker immune response than approved flu vaccines
NanoFlu Gives Novavax Room To Manoeuvre
Since taking a starring role in Novavax’s Q2 earnings report, NanoFlu has come to the fore of some analysts’ attention. Novavax has announced the official commencement of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial; results will be released by the end of 2017. While still highly preliminary, positive results would elevate share price immediately, open partnership opportunities, and even raise the possibility of a buyout
J&J and HHS Team Up on Flu Vaccine and Drug R&D
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced a public-private partnership with Janssen R&D to drive advanced development of a portfolio of therapeutic products to prevent or treat infections caused by emerging infectious diseases, including influenza viruses with pandemic potential
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu(TM) Vaccine in Older Adults
Novavax announced the enrollment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix-M adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults
Academic studies
CDC Breaks Down Recent Study Linking Flu Vaccine, Miscarriage
Although evidence indicates that influenza vaccination is safe during pregnancy, data are limited for women in their first trimester, prompting a recent study that examined the incidence of miscarriage in women who received the vaccine. AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow John Merrill-Steskal, M.D. explained the limitations of the study and the lack of demonstration of a cause-and-effect relationship
Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination
Prior season influenza vaccination did not decrease the effectiveness of the current season vaccination, according to a recent study published in BMC Medicine
Pediatric influenza news
Free flu shots for children would save lives and money
Flu vaccinations save lives and money. It is in the public interest that they be provided free to children throughout the nation, perhaps even compulsorily. In an average year, influenza is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, killing about 3000 people, more than twice the road toll. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. This year a particularly virulent strain has tragically doubled, and even trebled in some areas, those affected by the illness.
Top doctor warns pregnant women over deadly flu
Australia’s top doctor has warned pregnant women are at greater risk of deadly influenza as a Victorian woman fights for her life after catching the flu while pregnant. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said pregnant women needed to ensure they had the latest flue immunisation, which would also protect their baby
Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation
Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool. Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption
Flu outbreak: Families urge giving kids the gift of the jab
Families of children badly affected by the flu in Australia are calling for parents to ensure their own children are immunised against the virus
Nasal spray flu vaccine programme for children in Wales to be expanded
Medical experts including those from Public Health Wales have contributed to a report showing that nasal spray flu vaccine reduced the risk of vaccinated children getting flu by 65.8% in the 2016/17 season
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Patients told by GP practice that flu vaccines from pharmacists are 'less safe'
Tensions between pharmacists and GPs have risen after claims that one GP practice in the Midlands sent a text to patients saying that vaccines offered by community pharmacists were ‘less safe’ than those offered at local surgeries
Anti-flu campaign in Holguin hitting targets
In Holguin, Cuba, the flu vaccination campaign aimed at at-risk groups is a success but must carry on until the end of September to reach as many people as possible
KT Proposes Preventing Spread of Epidemics by Using Big Data to UN
"Telecommunication companies’ assets such as connectivity and big data have great force that can solve common problems such as infectious diseases," said KT Chairman Hwang Chang-kyu. The UN begins to move in response to KT‘s proposal to prevent the spread of the world's infectious diseases by using telecom big data skills
7 people contract swine flu strain from infected pigs at Charles Co. fair
Maryland authorities are investigating five cases of swine flu in pigs that were recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair, which has led to a quarantine of all pigs at the fairgrounds and the cancellation of swine exhibits at two upcoming fairs in neighboring counties
Why flu vaccines so often fail
The most commonly used flu shots protect no more than 60% of people who receive them; some years, effectiveness plunges to as low as 10%. The vaccine may falter even when the right strains were used to make it, perhaps because of how it is produced or quirks of individual immune systems
Should all Australians get free flu vaccines?
Stakeholders are calling for the flu vaccination to be made available without cost to all Australians, including children; Bastian Seidel, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president, said that if the Government subsidised such a free vaccination program, the $250 million spent would significantly offset the cost of death and illness from the disease
Doctors weigh in on flu shot debate
To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot...that is the question. It's a medical debate that has been going on for years, and while the CDC recommends that nearly everyone gets vaccinated, some doctors in Connecticut don't necessarily agree
Burden of disease
Flu season more 'severe this year'
Australia's chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated. Professor Brendan Murphy said this season's vaccine, selected by the World Health Organisation, gave 'moderate to good' coverage of the viruses, but it had not been as effective as previous years. The reasons for that are still unclear
Non-effective vaccine, blase attitude blamed for Australia's killer flu season
Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu epidemic in recent memory, and while some politicians have blamed the vaccine for not being fully effective, Australia's blase attitude to the flu has also contributed to the more than 160,000 cases, according to medical professionals
Flu Arrives Early in Maine
The flu has arrived earlier than usual in Maine this season, prompting health officials to ramp up their annual push for vaccination against the illness. Multiple hospitals in the state have reported positive lab tests for influenza

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 20th Sep 2017

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Millions of flu vaccines uniquely made in Holly Springs Flu season begins in October and at the Holly Springs site of Seqirus, their work is already done. Over the last six months, researchers developed 21 million doses of flu vaccines which are now being distributed to hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, and government agencies
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research CSL has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus
CSL: Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for use in people five years of age and older
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu Vaccine in Older Adults Novavax announced the enrolment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix- adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the safety and immunogenicity of two concentrations (15 µg or 60 µg) of NanoFlu compared to Fluzone High-Dose
InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay InDevR has entered into an exclusive, world-wide license agreement for monoclonal antibodies developed by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The license agreement will provide InDevR with a unique set of anti-neuraminidase monoclonal antibodies for rapid, subtype specific quantification of neuraminidase in the multiplexed VaxArray system
Johnson & Johnson, BARDA join forces to prep for pandemic flu, inking deal for vaccine and drug R&D After seeing recent deadly outbreaks catch medical communities off guard, vaccine experts may be happy to see a new collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and a U.S. development agency take shape: the groups have paired up for pandemic flu preparedness, focusing on a vaccine program and other flu drug candidates from J&J
Why Australia May Be ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Flu Season Australia’s carefree attitude toward preventive medicine may have met its match: the flu. Michael Gannon, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said the country was “woefully unprepared” for the pandemic flu outbreak and pointed to the low rate at which people receive their flu shots
10,000 vaccine shield against H1N1 trigger With a steady increase in swine flu cases across Telangana, the state health department is now gearing up for a possible swine flu 'outbreak'. Panic-struck health department officials are procuring 10,000 doses of the trivalent vaccine to combat the current strain of H1N1 (Michigan) virus
A shot in the arm Thailand’s vaccine factory in Saraburi province is now near completion. It is expected to produce the first batch of flu vaccine in 2020. Operated by the GPO, this is Thailand's first manufacturing centre for flu shots
Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents A new study from the CDC is the first of its kind to show that influenza vaccination reduced children's risk of dying from influenza and its complications. The study reinforces the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all children aged 6 months or older be vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine each year
Push to make flu vaccine free for children after Rosie's tragic death In Australia, a plan to make the influenza vaccine free for children is being considered by health authorities after the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl. Victoria's deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said that Australia needed to discuss making the flu vaccination free for all children
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Millions of flu vaccines uniquely made in Holly Springs
Flu season begins in October and at the Holly Springs site of Seqirus, their work is already done. Over the last six months, researchers developed 21 million doses of flu vaccines which are now being distributed to hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, and government agencies
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research
CSL has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus
CSL: Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S
Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for use in people five years of age and older
Pandemic Influenza News
UK sounds the avian flu all-clear
Following outbreaks of avian influenza at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, the government's chief vet has announced that the UK has met international requirements to declare itself once again free from the disease
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Grant of $ 5.8 million for vaccine development is to be used to protect against avian influenza through the "Immune History" project - a collaboration co-sponsored by EpiVax
EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. EpiVax's first-generation engineered H7N9 product is currently under clinical trial in Adelaide, Australia
New mum critical as doctors call for for super flu vaccine
A young mother is fighting for her life after contracting a powerful flu strain. She is the latest victim in a deepening crisis that has prompted Health Minister Greg Hunt and the nation’s top doctor to investigate “new and strengthened vaccines” available overseas, such as Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone High Dose
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu Vaccine in Older Adults
Novavax announced the enrolment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix- adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the safety and immunogenicity of two concentrations (15 µg or 60 µg) of NanoFlu compared to Fluzone High-Dose
InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay
InDevR has entered into an exclusive, world-wide license agreement for monoclonal antibodies developed by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The license agreement will provide InDevR with a unique set of anti-neuraminidase monoclonal antibodies for rapid, subtype specific quantification of neuraminidase in the multiplexed VaxArray system
FluGen Announces Expanded Role for Clinical Advisory Board: Dr. Robert Belshe to Chair
FluGen announced that Dr. Robert Belshe was named Chairman of the Company’s Clinical Advisory Board, and that it is expanding the roles of all members of the CAB to guide the company through the clinical development of RedeeFlu, a novel intranasal flu vaccine that mimics natural infection without causing illness
Johnson & Johnson, BARDA join forces to prep for pandemic flu, inking deal for vaccine and drug R&D
After seeing recent deadly outbreaks catch medical communities off guard, vaccine experts may be happy to see a new collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and a U.S. development agency take shape: the groups have paired up for pandemic flu preparedness, focusing on a vaccine program and other flu drug candidates from J&J
A shot in the arm
Thailand’s vaccine factory in Saraburi province is now near completion. It is expected to produce the first batch of flu vaccine in 2020. Operated by the GPO, this is Thailand's first manufacturing centre for flu shots
No FluMist again this year (and answers to your other flu vaccine questions)
The nasal flu mist vaccine is once again not available this year, due to its ineffectiveness two years ago
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MIT Creates Delayed Vaccination Capsules
MIT has recently invented a fabrication method for a new type of container in which multiple doses of drugs or vaccines can be stored. This means that the doses could be released at various times after the initial injection
Evidence for Cross-species Influenza A Virus Transmission within Swine Farms, China: A One Health, Prospective Cohort Study
A study found data suggesting that stronger surveillance for novel influenza virus emergence within swine farms is imperative
Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents
A new study from the CDC is the first of its kind to show that influenza vaccination reduced children's risk of dying from influenza and its complications. The study reinforces the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all children aged 6 months or older be vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine each year
Pediatric influenza news
Family of eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of flu call for immunisation
The family of an eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of the flu have urged other parents to vaccinate their children. Between 3% and 5% of children are being vaccinated for the flu currently in Australia
Push to make flu vaccine free for children after Rosie's tragic death
In Australia, a plan to make the influenza vaccine free for children is being considered by health authorities after the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl. Victoria's deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said that Australia needed to discuss making the flu vaccination free for all children
Primary school children offered flu vaccination
Vaccination against flu will be available for primary school children of all ages for the first time in Jersey this year. The Health Department in Jersey wants to increase vaccinations during the autumn and winter months particularly among those most 'at risk'
Here's How Many Kids Go Without A Flu Shot Each Year
Despite the annual push from the medical community to get that potentially life-saving flu shot, too many kids continue to go without it each year
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Mount Gambier aged-care homes in lockdown after outbreak of influenza A
In Australia, a deadly outbreak of influenza A has claimed the life of an elderly resident and forced two Mount Gambier nursing homes into lockdown. Three people have died at Boandik Lodge since the outbreak nine days ago, with one death confirmed after they had contracted the virus
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Chaos over vaccination rules in the provinces – first day of school sees three children excluded
In Tuscany, the rules over compulsory vaccinations for children before they can attend school are causing chaos as they are being interpreted differently by various bodies
Fears over impact of flu on the NHS this winter
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season in the southern hemisphere was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter, and to get flu vaccines
Why Australia May Be ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Flu Season
Australia’s carefree attitude toward preventive medicine may have met its match: the flu. Michael Gannon, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said the country was “woefully unprepared” for the pandemic flu outbreak and pointed to the low rate at which people receive their flu shots
Flu jab explained – vaccine side effects, how to get a free NHS jab at Boots, Tesco and Asda and is it safe when pregnant
A reminder of where British people can get flu shots and what potential side effects they may experience
Thousands of health staff in East Lancashire to be vaccinated against Flu
At the beginning of October, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will begin vaccinating more than 7,500 hospital and community NHS staff to protect patients, staff and the public against flu.Last year, the trust vaccinated 86.1 per cent of its staff, the second highest for acute trusts in the country
Survey: More Americans Getting Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say they get the flu vaccine each year or plan to get one in 2017, according to a July 2017 survey by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy
Number of companies offering flu jab vouchers trebles in five years
In the UK, Bupa has seen a 353% increase in the number of employers providing employees with flu jab vouchers as part of their corporate health and benefits package
Future of fatal flu season unknown, says Health Minister Jill Hennessy
In Australia, the deadly flu season which has caused heartbreak in Border areas such as Wangraatta and Cobram may not be over yet, and people are still advised to get vaccinated
Burden of disease
Flu season starting early after spike of cases at the University of Arizona
A spike in flu cases at the University of Arizona is signalling an early start to the flu season. The State Health Director Cara Christ says the latest vaccine is just starting to come into the state, but a lot of places don't start holding flu clinics until September or October
Flu arrives early in Maine
The flu has arrived earlier than usual in Maine this season, prompting health officials to ramp up their annual push for vaccination against the illness
Influenza season in New Zealand declared over
In New Zealand, Medical Officer of Health, Dr Felicity Dumble, has officially declared the Waikato influenza season over. "The number of influenza viruses circulating locally and nationally has reached the threshold for determining the end of the 2017 influenza season" said Dr Dumble
10,000 vaccine shield against H1N1 trigger
With a steady increase in swine flu cases across Telangana, the state health department is now gearing up for a possible swine flu 'outbreak'. Panic-struck health department officials are procuring 10,000 doses of the trivalent vaccine to combat the current strain of H1N1 (Michigan) virus

"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 19th Sep 2017

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Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S. Seqirus announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Virginians Urged to Get Flu Shot The elderly, young children and pregnant women are especially at risk from the flu. Researchers found that administering Fluad to over-65s would fall well below NICE cost-effectiveness threshold, costing £3540 per quality-adjusted life year gained
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
J&J collaborates with US Department of HHS to develop therapeutics & vaccines to fight influenza Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Research & Development are collaborating with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Vietnam to produce own avian influenza vaccine from 2018 Vietnam will produce its own vaccine against avian influenza A/H5N1 from 2018 to replace imported vaccines, according to the National Veterinary JSC, Navetco
Sanofi Pasteur supplies vaccine against flu to Ukraine Vaccines against the flu produced by Sanofi Pasteur are already in the medical warehouses of Ukraine, the head of the vaccines department of the company Olena Yentina told Interfax-Ukraine
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
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Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S.
Seqirus announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
Virginians Urged to Get Flu Shot
The elderly, young children and pregnant women are especially at risk from the flu. Researchers found that administering Fluad to over-65s would fall well below NICE cost-effectiveness threshold, costing £3540 per quality-adjusted life year gained
Pandemic Influenza News
Vietnam to produce own avian influenza vaccine from 2018
Vietnam will produce its own vaccine against avian influenza A/H5N1 from 2018 to replace imported vaccines, according to the National Veterinary JSC, Navetco
Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat from Italian province (Padua) due to H5N8
In view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Padua in Italy, Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and product from the province
Industry News
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
Offering a booster vaccine for Australians aged over 65, midway through flu season, could help combat the flu's spread. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
Cadila Healthcare gains 2% on USFDA nod for Oseltamivir powder
Neshar Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, has received final approval from the USFDA to market Oseltamivir powder for oral suspension, 6mg/ml
Sanofi Pasteur supplies vaccine against flu to Ukraine
Vaccines against the flu produced by Sanofi Pasteur are already in the medical warehouses of Ukraine, the head of the vaccines department of the company Olena Yentina told Interfax-Ukraine
Should you take an antiviral drug when you get the flu?
Antiviral medications, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza), may reduce flu symptoms and help you recover a day or two earlier. But oseltamivir came under fire a few months ago for a lack of effectiveness
J&J collaborates with US Department of HHS to develop therapeutics & vaccines to fight influenza
Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Research & Development are collaborating with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats
BiondVax Announces Closing of $10 Million Public Offering of American Depositary Shares and Exercise of Over-allotment Option
BiondVax has closed an underwritten public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares, each ADS representing forty of its ordinary shares which are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, at a price to the public of $6.00 per ADS
$5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect Against Bird Flu, A Collaboration Led By EpiVax
EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine with scientists from UMASS Medical School, Protein Sciences, recently acquired by Sanofi Pasteur, and The University of Georgia $5.8 Million Awarded For Vaccine Engineering Will Use "Immune History" To Protect
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
Offering a booster vaccine for Australians aged over 65, midway through flu season, could help combat the flu's spread. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter
On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the UK for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe
Academic studies
Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve
When researchers in Australia conducted the first study of the long-term evolution of thousands of diverse viruses, they reached a startling conclusion: cross-species transmission has been more important and more frequent than anyone realized. Jumps between species have driven most major evolutionary innovations in the viruses
Pediatric influenza news
Flu vaccine: The other ‘pneumonia shot’
A pharmacist examines the benefits of flu vaccination besides helping prevent the flu, as it can reduce the risk for pneumonia and other LRTIs particularly in children
Tackling the flu and RSV
Every pediatrician has experience with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but there are still many cases in which these illnesses are misdiagnosed or mismanaged
Over 65’s influenza news
Stronger flu vaccinations available for elderly
A stronger kind of flu vaccination is trying to lessen the impact of the disease on a vulnerable population. High-dose versions of the influenza vaccines are designed to create a stronger immune response in people 65-years and older
General Influenza News
Sponsor spotlight: Get a flu vaccine and benefit the Edmonds Food Bank
For people 65 or older, the CDC recommends the Fluzone HD which is more potent than the regular flu shot. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu
Why We Get Our Flu Shots in the Fall
Even if you don't get a flu vaccine before October, public health officials recommend that everyone—including pregnant women —aged 6 months and older, as well as those with compromised immune systems such as small children and the elderly, get their seasonal flu shots
Push for flu shots after girl dies in Vic
The father of the eight-year-old girl who died from the flu in Melbourne has urged everyone to get their kids immunised after losing their 'little angel'
Secretary of State for Health heralded the launch of a vaccination against flu drive
In Mexico, an intensive flu vaccination campaign will be launched on October 16th; the Health Secretary pointed out the vaccine was both safe and free
A new tablet-based vaccination programme software package has been handed out to all health teams
A new tablet-based vaccination programme software package has been handed out to all health teams
NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter
The NHS should prepare for the UK to be hit with a heavy burden of flu cases this winter, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned
VDH encourages everyone, especially health care workers, to receive flu shots
In Virginia, though it is only September, public health officials have started making the call for everyone to receive their flu shots, especially health care workers who visit patients vulnerable to the flu
All-in-one vaccination and a coffee to go?
It may become possible to get all necessary vaccinations at once, thanks to special microparticles, developed by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the particles can not only be loaded with vaccines or drugs, but they can also release them in your body at predefined times
Just in time to start thinking about an anti-flu vaccination
Just in time to start thinking about an anti-flu vaccination
Bolivian flu vaccination programme has hit 80% of the target groups in five months
In Bolivia, healthcare staff managed to use around 80% of its flu vaccination stock over 5 months, reaching around 80% of the at-risk groups targeted
Universal Flu Vaccine Could Protect Against Seasonal, Pandemic Influenza Viruses
The remarkable capacity of influenza viruses to undergo antigenic drift or shift to overcome and escape human population immunity leaves us vulnerable to a public health disaster. To meet this global health challenge, scientists are working to develop ‘universal influenza vaccines’
Doctor's warning to New Zealanders after Australia flu death
A doctor says the death of an Australian girl from the flu is a reminder to get immunised. Virologist Dr Lance Jennings says it's especially important for those planning to travel to Australia
How effective is the flu shot and why is the nasal vaccine no longer an option?
Dr. Amy Edwards explains that how effective the flu shot is varies from year to year, and that the FDA is trying to figure out why the nasal spray is no longer effective against the common flu strains that often circulate. The FDA has not endorsed the nasal spray for the past two seasons
Doctors Expecting Worse Than Normal Flu Season In U.S.
In the U.S., people are advised to get flu shots as Australia has suffered a severe flu season. The expected strains are H3N2 and H1N1. These are covered by the Quadrivalent vaccine, which also includes a couple Influenza B strains
Everything you must know to fight off this winter's dreaded Aussie flu!
Whatever your age, but particularly if you’re over 65, ‘people should be vaccinated, as it will provide some protection, even if isn’t complete’, said Professor Cheng, director of the infection prevention unit at Alfred Health at Monash University in Melbourne. ‘The vaccine can still reduce your chance of getting flu by about 20 to 60 per cent — it varies: in some years it is higher, and in other years it is lower. But there is some benefit’
Protect Those You Love: Get Vaccinated Today
Many people get the flu vaccine this time of year—which is a good opportunity, at the same time, to check with family members and their healthcare providers that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations in general
Burden of disease
'Get to the doctor': Warnings issued after flu kills eight-year-old Melbourne girl
A deadly flu outbreak has claimed the life of an eight-year-old girl in Melbourne as authorities warn Victorians not to dismiss flu symptoms
Influenza arrives in Indianola early
Flu season appears to be coming earlier this year in the U.S. Doctors and pharmacists in Indianola say they have seen a sharp increase in the number of cases recently

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 18th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Flu Season Is Around the Corner: What You Need to Know A round-up of flu related information for pharmacists, including which vaccines are indicated for which patients; Fluad and Fluzone High-Dose are indicated for patients 65 and older. However, this group may be vaccinated with standard dose vaccines
Adjuvanted vaccine could improve flu protection and slash GP workload Lead author of the ESWI study Dr James Mansi said: ‘Influenza in older adults is often particularly severe, due in part to their ageing immune systems which mean that vaccines don’t produce an optimal immune response. ‘These results predict that the immunisation of older adults with aTIV rather than a standard influenza vaccine would results in improved protection against influenza in the over-65s.
CSL’s vaccine wins FDA approval CSL has announced that Seqirus has received FDA approval of their influenza vaccine for people five years of age and older in the U.S. The FDA approved Afluria Quadrivalent, extending the company’s portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Liaoning The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of A(H7N9) was recorded in Liaoning, and urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene
FDA Clears First Generic Tamiflu for Oral Suspension The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu, Roche) for oral suspension 6 mg(base)/mL, made by Nesher Pharmaceuticals
Demand for swine flu vaccine grows With swine flu virus mutating and no longer being restricted to one season, city people in India are increasingly going in for vaccines. Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior medical officer, Civil Hospital, Khanna, said when it comes to including vaccines in the national immunisation programme they had to be cost effective keeping in mind the community at large, and there are no such plans at present
Swine flu may trigger Type-1 diabetes: Study People, especially children, infected with the H1N1 influenza may be at increased risk of diabetes, warns a recent study. The findings indicated that Norwegians aged 30 or younger, who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2009-2010 pandemic were twice as likely to go on to develop Type-1 Diabetes than the general population
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Adjuvanted vaccine could improve flu protection and slash GP workload
Lead author of the ESWI study Dr James Mansi said: ‘Influenza in older adults is often particularly severe, due in part to their ageing immune systems which mean that vaccines don’t produce an optimal immune response. ‘These results predict that the immunisation of older adults with aTIV rather than a standard influenza vaccine would results in improved protection against influenza in the over-65s.
CSL’s vaccine wins FDA approval
CSL has announced that Seqirus has received FDA approval of their influenza vaccine for people five years of age and older in the U.S. The FDA approved Afluria Quadrivalent, extending the company’s portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
Flu Season Is Around the Corner: What You Need to Know
A round-up of flu related information for pharmacists, including which vaccines are indicated for which patients; Fluad and Fluzone High-Dose are indicated for patients 65 and older. However, this group may be vaccinated with standard dose vaccines
Pandemic Influenza News
CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Liaoning
The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of A(H7N9) was recorded in Liaoning, and urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene
The evolving number of human cases of avian flu H7N9 in China
Roundup of the latest cases of human infection by A(H7N9) in China in August and September 2017
Industry News
FDA Clears First Generic Tamiflu for Oral Suspension
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu, Roche) for oral suspension 6 mg(base)/mL, made by Nesher Pharmaceuticals
The flu vaccine is already on its way to Utena
In September and October, the Utena Primary Health Care Center in Lithuania will receive 849 doses of Influvac. The Influvac vaccine for the 2017-2018 influenza season was purchased by public funds for the vaccination of at-risk groups
Calls for elderly to be given extra influenza vaccination after deadly flu season
In Australia, a deadly strain of flu has killed 94 people in Victorian aged-care facilities so far this year, leading to calls for more frequent vaccination against the virus for those who are most vulnerable. In the U.S., a stronger and more effective flu vaccine for the elderly, Fluzone, has been used since 2009. Sanofi Pasteur said the company was looking to have the drug approved by Australian regulators
Academic studies
Swine flu may trigger Type-1 diabetes: Study
People, especially children, infected with the H1N1 influenza may be at increased risk of diabetes, warns a recent study. The findings indicated that Norwegians aged 30 or younger, who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2009-2010 pandemic were twice as likely to go on to develop Type-1 Diabetes than the general population
Everybody needs to calm down about the flu vaccine link to miscarriage
As newspapers reported that researchers found a “hint of a possible link” between the flu vaccine and miscarriage, the author reminds us of the evidence pointing to the benefits of a flu shot for mothers and babies
Should Pregnant Women Be Wary of Getting the Flu Vaccine?
Researchers say they’ve discovered a potential association between the flu vaccine and miscarriage. But, the authors are adamant that their findings are still too preliminary to establish a causal link between the two
Pediatric influenza news
Flu vaccination in pregnancy also protects the baby
For years, it has been recommended that pregnant women get immunised against influenza. However, very few mothers take the vaccination, despite the fact the shot will protect them and their baby
You Are Probably Giving Your Kids the Flu Shot Much Later Than You Should
Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics include a new vaccination timetable for anyone with small children. "Since the start of the influenza season is unpredictable, immunization of all children 6 months and older should begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available," the recommendation states
Flu season: What you need know about vaccination and antiviral treatment
Advice from the AAP on vaccinating children against the flu and how to deal with a child who has caught the virus
Public Health England hopes flu vaccine for tots will help protect elderly
In the UK, children in reception and year 4 will be offered the flu vaccine in their primary school for the first time this autumn in an expansion of the programme designed to protect vulnerable members of the community, including the elderly. Public Health England hopes that immunising as many children as possible will be the best way to protect over-65s from illness
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Doctors in Germany’s north east region are strongly recommended flu vaccination for the coming season
In North-East Germany doctors are advising patients get immunised against the flu, in particular older people
Flu Jab: Is it useless for older people?
The annual flu jab can offer little or no protection against the virus in elderly people, research suggests. Figures indicate the £160million UK winter public health campaign may have been a waste of money for those over 65; the government’s Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation is discussing plans to abandon the jab for pensioners and replace it with something it hopes will be more effective
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How Much Is A Flu Shot Without Insurance? There Are Options
For Americans, the cost of healthcare can be a concern, but affordable flu shots are about as ubiquitous as they are necessary. Fluzone and Fluvirin are mentioned as affordable choices
Flu is deadly at any age, so take advantage of vaccination
In Australia, the Federal Health Minister is calling for compulsory vaccination of aged care workers after a spate of deaths in residential care. But flu can be deadly to any age group
Flu season: Reduce your risk with a shot
After a bad flu season in Australia, U.S. medical professionals are taking no chances. They recommend that Central Illinoisans get their flu shots as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to build up an immunity
Hopes for 40-bed 'patient hotel' as hospitals expect 'worst flu season' in years
Hospitals struggling with the winter trolley crisis risk being tipped over the edge if Ireland is hit with a virulent flu strain. The HSE is particularly concerned at the ongoing failure of so many health workers and people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine
Severe flu wave across Austria fears for this winter
The severe flu season in Australia could be an indication of what the northern hemisphere can expect soon, and in Austria, experts say vaccination rates need to go up as under 10% of Austrians get immunized against the flu
Whanganui doctors lead charge for flu vaccinations
In New Zealand, Whanganui District Health is urging people to get vaccinated against the flu. WDHB's infection prevention and control clinical nurse specialist Jacqueline Pennefather said the flu doesn't disappear in spring
Global health chief warns 'Whole Foods mums' over MMR vaccine
Complacency and anti-science sentiment in the developed world are putting at risk forms of protection that have saved millions of lives, according to Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Dr Berkley said he was becoming increasingly worried about the reversal of progress in the developed world
Call for flu awareness campaign
In Pakistan, Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Prof Ghiasun Nabi Tayyab stressed the need of raising public awareness about preventive measures to check the of H1N1influenza
Ireland could be about to face the 'worst flu season on record'
Irish hospitals are being warned to get ready for a potentially busy flu season. It follows a "heavy" outbreak of the H3N2 virus in Australia and New Zealand - with both countries currently recovering from their worst outbreaks on record
Demand for swine flu vaccine grows
With swine flu virus mutating and no longer being restricted to one season, city people in India are increasingly going in for vaccines. Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior medical officer, Civil Hospital, Khanna, said when it comes to including vaccines in the national immunisation programme they had to be cost effective keeping in mind the community at large, and there are no such plans at present
100 Years after the Lethal 1918 Flu Pandemic, We Are Still Vulnerable
One hundred years after the 1918 flu pandemic, we must reexamine our approach to influenza vaccines so we can avert a repeat of that worldwide catastrophe. The remarkable capacity of influenza viruses to undergo antigenic drift or shift to overcome and escape human population immunity leaves us vulnerable to a public health disaster potentially as serious as the 1918 pandemic. To meet this global health challenge, scientists are working to develop “universal influenza vaccines”
Bill Gates thinks an infectious disease outbreak could kill 30 million people at some point in the next decade — here’s how worried you should be
As Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in their "Goalkeepers" report, disease is the biggest public health threat the world faces in the next decade. And although Gates said that "you can be pretty hopeful there'll be big progress" on chronic disease, we are still unprepared to deal with the infectious variety. Gates has repeatedly stated that he sees a pandemic as the greatest immediate threat to humanity on the planet
Burden of disease
Swine flu cases cross 7,000-mark; 415 deaths
Amid the rosy claims of the Gujarat government of controlling the H1N1 infection, the state on Sunday recorded 62 new swine flu cases, taking the total number of cases to 7,005 in the state this year, and 415 deaths
As swine flu numbers soar by 17 times, how safe are you?
With H1N1 cases up 17 times this year as of September 10, the last date for which all-India data is available, physicians are saying annual vaccination is now a must for people at risk. “Getting vaccination annually reduces symptoms, shortens the duration of the illness and lowers doctors’ visits and flu-related hospitalisations,” says Dr Aggarwal
How many Kiwis are dying of flu and pneumonia?
There are far fewer New Zealanders dying of influenza and pneumonia than three decades ago, although the number of fatalities has begun to rise in recent years. Institute of Environmental Science and Research public health physician Jill Sherwood said the main strain of Influenza A, H3N2, was beginning to show signs of mutation
H1N1 influenza death toll reaches 14
In Nepal, the death toll from pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm 09 has reached 14 so far this year, according to Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Teku
CDC reports two cases of influenza in Kentucky
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 15th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Children 6-24 Months Hospitalized Less After Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine A new Phase III study showed significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who received adjuvanted influenza vaccine (aQIV). The study was led by Dr. Vesikari and sponsored by Seqirus during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 influenza seasons
Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S. Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
New vaccine could reduce GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 a year A new type of flu vaccine could save thousands of lives and reduce the number of GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 per year in the UK, according to new research. The new vaccine, Fluad, uses an adjuvant to help the body produce a stronger immune response against flu when administered
Simulation to ensure flu pandemic readiness Indonesia is set to conduct a two-day influenza pandemic simulation this month in certain areas of Jakarta’s neighbouring province of Banten in a bid to ensure preparedness for such a situation, if it were to arise in the future
It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research Ebola virus, a pandemic strain of flu – if these pathogens could be turned into bioweapons by terrorists or rogue nation states, they would threaten humanity; information that might aid that weaponisation process is in danger of leaking out, says the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Rare immune cells target of $2.7m grant to help stop influenza University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans
NSW passes childcare vaccination law In Australia, unvaccinated children will be banned from NSW childcare facilities from January after state parliament passed legislation
2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination The American Academy of Pediatrics released its 2017–2018 updated recommendations for the routine use of the seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children, with a strong recommendation for annual seasonal flu immunization for everyone 6 months and older
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Children 6-24 Months Hospitalized Less After Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine
A new Phase III study showed significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who received adjuvanted influenza vaccine (aQIV). The study was led by Dr. Vesikari and sponsored by Seqirus during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 influenza seasons
Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S.
Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in people five years of age and older, extending the company’s broad portfolio of influenza vaccine offerings
New vaccine could reduce GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 a year
A new type of flu vaccine could save thousands of lives and reduce the number of GP consultations for flu by nearly 22,000 per year in the UK, according to new research. The new vaccine, Fluad, uses an adjuvant to help the body produce a stronger immune response against flu when administered
Pandemic Influenza News
Bird flu detected in Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has confirmed the presence of Bird flu in the province
Simulation to ensure flu pandemic readiness
Indonesia is set to conduct a two-day influenza pandemic simulation this month in certain areas of Jakarta’s neighbouring province of Banten in a bid to ensure preparedness for such a situation, if it were to arise in the future
It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research
Ebola virus, a pandemic strain of flu – if these pathogens could be turned into bioweapons by terrorists or rogue nation states, they would threaten humanity; information that might aid that weaponisation process is in danger of leaking out, says the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Academic studies
Rare immune cells target of $2.7m grant to help stop influenza
University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans
The new all in one 'super injection' that delivers several doses of drug all at the same time
A super injection has been invented which can deliver several doses of a drug at once. The single jab offers hope for people who are scared of needles, and works using tiny capsules programmed to break down at different times, releasing drugs into the body weeks after being injected
Could swine flu be linked to Type 1 diabetes?
Young people who’ve been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009 (pandemic H1N1) and June 2014. People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes than those who did not get the flu
Puzzling study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
A study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu
Mailing a Letter to Increase Vaccination Rates?
Researchers from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy have published a study that examines pharmacist-initiated interventions that increase the likelihood that patients with asthma or COPD receive a flu vaccine; they showed that using a standard mailed letter may help improve vaccination rates
Pediatric influenza news
2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination
The American Academy of Pediatrics released its 2017–2018 updated recommendations for the routine use of the seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children, with a strong recommendation for annual seasonal flu immunization for everyone 6 months and older
NSW passes childcare vaccination law
In Australia, unvaccinated children will be banned from NSW childcare facilities from January after state parliament passed legislation
Your child needs a flu shot sooner than you think, according to new report
Flu season is almost here, and experts say it’s best to make sure children are vaccinated by the end of October, or as soon as the flu shot is available. According to Dr. Frank Esper, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, many parents think that their child doesn’t need to get a flu shot every year
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Manitoba to Offer Flu Shots in Personal Care Homes
Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to residents of personal care homes, Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced
General Influenza News
Low Vaccination Take-Up Rate In MidWest’s Main Hospitals
Two of the MidWest’s main hospitals have registered some of the lowest take-up rates of the flu vaccine this past winter. Management within the hospitals group admits the figures are disappointing, even if there has been an increase
Flu jab warning: NHS warns of MAJOR outbreak - getting vaccinated could be life-saving
A particularly bad flu season is being predicted for this winter in the UK, making getting vaccinated particularly important
Banned: Anti-vax GP's career appears to be over
In Australia, anti-vaccination GP John Piesse's career appears to be over after the national medical board banned him from practising
Monster flu outbreak on the way?
The flu virus traditionally travels from East to West ; judging from the negative experiences of Australia and New Zealand, healthcare authorities are bracing for the worst outbreak in a long time
Flu vaccines to arrive at the end of September
In Mexico, the state Health Secretary announced that flu vaccines would be arriving in Queretaro at the end of September, ready for the new flu season immunisations
The UK is about to face one of its worst flu epidemics – and there’s no NHS money to prepare for it. The Government can’t say it wasn’t warned
Dr Kailash Chand OBE, former deputy chair of the BMA council and honorary vice president of the BMA, writes in favour of giving the NHS further resources so that it can deal with a well predicted serious flu epidemic this winter
Harnessing innovation in public health
H1N1 influenza vaccine uptake rates during the 2009 pandemic, for instance, although higher in Singapore than some other countries, were far from ideal. Recent research has documented routine influenza vaccine rates in Singapore at only 15 per cent among older adults for whom the vaccine is specifically recommended
Bad flu season in Australia could be headed for U.S.
U.S. doctors are bracing for another severe flu season as a high number of infections in Australia this summer could signal a wave of illness reaching the U.S. when temperatures drop
Bad winter warnings spark call for nurses to have flu jab
In the UK, vaccinating as many healthcare staff as possible against influenza early in the season will be important if the health service is to cope with the predicted bad winter, infection control nurses have warned
Health care workers urged to get flu shots
U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get an annual flu vaccine, but they are paying special attention to health care workers and others who spend a lot of time with people who may be ill
Fears of flu outbreak prompts vaccine call from HSE
In Ireland, the Health Service Executive has warned staff to prepare for the possibility of a heavy flu season, following reports of a surge in cases in Australia and New Zealand. The HSE is calling on vulnerable groups to get the flu vaccine, though there is uncertainty about how effective this year’s formulation will be
Flu vaccine bill needs more work, Ohio House speaker says
In Ohio, the House speaker is tapping the brakes on a bill that would largely prohibit hospitals and other employers from requiring workers to get a flu vaccine. The bill passed out of committee Tuesday, despite opposition from every major state health-care association and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Burden of disease
Flu hits more than 155,000 Australians as it 'mutates'
The flu hit Australia harder than it should have this year because the most common strain appears to have mutated since it was formulated into the vaccine, experts say. More than 155,000 laboratory-confirmed cases have been recorded in the country this year, already 70 per cent more than the entire flu season last year
H1N1 fatality now ‘very low’
In Myanmar, the Ministry of Health and Sports announced that deaths from H1N1 seasonal influenza are now "very low". From September 1 to 13, only one patient died from swine flu, according to the ministry
Flu Season Is Gearing Up With Confirmed Cases Already in Maine
Fall is just around the corner and the dreaded flu season is here, with cases already confirmed in Maine. Health care professionals are already urging people to get a flu shot this year
Swine flu deaths: Govt forms panel to review guidelines on vaccination
The Indian government has constituted a committee to identify areas most-hit by swine flu as it seeks to review its guidelines on seasonal influenza vaccination (H1N1) and redefine categories to be vaccinated on priority basis, a health ministry official said

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 14th Sep 2017

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Where Will the Next Pandemic Threat Come From? Public Health Watch Report On August 14, 2017, researchers from the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center provided an update on several infectious diseases it cited as the “top threats to public health” from 2012 to 2016, and what concerns they have regarding the threats posed by these diseases in the near term, including H5N1, but the report received little to no attention in the mainstream press
Seqirus Donates Influenza Vaccine for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas As hurricane recovery efforts continue in Texas, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has requested urgent support to help displaced residents fight the onset of influenza; Seqirus announced today that it is donating 22,500 doses of influenza vaccine to the Texas Department of State Health Services
Seasonal Influenza: Adjuvanted vaccines give more protection to adults over 65 than non-adjuvanted New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
Influenza vaccination rates in children decline when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended A study shows that influenza vaccination rates are lower when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not available. Vaccinated patients are less likely to be vaccinated in the next season when LAIV is unavailable
Influenza vaccine: no connection to VTE in older adults There is no evidence of increased risk for venous thromboembolism in the first 10 days after influenza vaccination in adults aged over 50 years, according to a study
Study signals association between flu vaccine, miscarriage A study published in Vaccine suggests a strong association between receiving repeated doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and miscarriage, although no causal link has been established. The authors said the study is an unexpected signal that calls for deeper investigation but doesn’t warrant changes to vaccine recommendations
H1N1: Myanmar’s undeclared emergency Myanmar’s H1N1 influenza outbreak has killed 36 people. The government maintained that the outbreak was merely seasonal but a lack of public faith in the government’s ability to handle it, coupled with the fact that Myanmar has had to rely on aid from India, the WHO and Turkey to contain the spread of the virus and administer vaccines, has created an atmosphere of alarm
Juncker: Europe supports mandatory vaccination, even in Italy The President of the European Commission in his speech on the State of the Union 2017 said that it is not acceptable to die in 2017 of an illnesses that had been eradicated, and that he supports compulsory vaccinations, including in Italy
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Seqirus Donates Influenza Vaccine for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas
As hurricane recovery efforts continue in Texas, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has requested urgent support to help displaced residents fight the onset of influenza; Seqirus announced today that it is donating 22,500 doses of influenza vaccine to the Texas Department of State Health Services
Seasonal Influenza: Adjuvanted vaccines give more protection to adults over 65 than non-adjuvanted
New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvant vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the population over 65 than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
Pandemic Influenza News
Avian Influenza: UK now free of bird flu
The UK is free from Avian Influenza but the government has reiterated calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease as there is a "real and constant threat"
Smallholders face greater scrutiny following last Avian Flu outbreaks
The government is exploring more legislation for owners of small flocks of birds after confirming that five of the 13 confirmed cases of Avian Influenza between December 2016 to June 2017 were in flocks owned by smallholders.
Where Will the Next Pandemic Threat Come From? Public Health Watch Report
On August 14, 2017, researchers from the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center provided an update on several infectious diseases it cited as the “top threats to public health” from 2012 to 2016, and what concerns they have regarding the threats posed by these diseases in the near term, including H5N1, but the report received little to no attention in the mainstream press
IEC steps up work around avian influenza
The International Egg Commission (IEC) is providing a range of additional information on tackling avian influenza as part of its work to ensure members can tackle the disease
DA eyes changes in bird-flu protocol
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is keen on amending its avian-influenza protocol to ensure that measures to manage bird-flu outbreaks will not cause poultry growers to incur losses; Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the DA’s biosecurity experts are currently reviewing the AI protocol of South Korea and the European Union
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S-033188 Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 Study Results for Treatment of Influenza Presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza Conference
Results of a S-033188 Phase 3 study in influenza patients (CAPSTONE-1) were released at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza Conference. Additionally, Shionogi presented data on the nonclinical activity of this investigational drug against A/H7N9
BiondVax Announces Public Offering of American Depositary Shares
BiondVax, a company focused on developing and commercializing M-001, a universal flu vaccine candidate, today announced that it intends to offer for sale its American Depositary Shares, each representing forty of its ordinary shares which are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
This coming winter’s flu vaccine has been bought and has already arrived in Lithuania
In Lithuania, the Infectious Diseases and AIDS Center (ULAC) reports that Influvac, a vaccine for influenza season 2017-2018, was purchased and has already been delivered for at-risk patients vaccination
Vietnam's vaccine against influenza A / H5N1 is expected to hit the market in early 2018
Tran Xuan Hanh, deputy general director of Navetco Central Veterinary Drug Company, has mastered the technology of producing avian influenza vaccines and successfully produced them
Fluzone or Flulaval: What Does the CDC say?
This year, providers caring for children under the age of 3 years have two options for an approved flu vaccine: Fluzone and Flulaval. Dosing is different, however. For Fluzone, a child under age 3 should receive 0.25 cc and for Flulaval, 0.5 cc, which is the adult dose as well. Both vaccines have the same amount of antigen in a 0.5 cc dose. This means a toddler getting Flulaval gets twice the dose of antigen as compared to a child receiving Fluzone
Academic studies
Study signals association between flu vaccine, miscarriage
A study published in Vaccine suggests a strong association between receiving repeated doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and miscarriage, although no causal link has been established. The authors said the study is an unexpected signal that calls for deeper investigation but doesn’t warrant changes to vaccine recommendations
Influenza vaccination rates in children decline when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended
A study shows that influenza vaccination rates are lower when the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not available. Vaccinated patients are less likely to be vaccinated in the next season when LAIV is unavailable
Influenza vaccine: no connection to VTE in older adults
There is no evidence of increased risk for venous thromboembolism in the first 10 days after influenza vaccination in adults aged over 50 years, according to a study
Pediatric influenza news
Northern beaches electorate has one of lowest vaccination rates in Australia
In Australia, a social media campaign has been launched encouraging northern beaches parents to vaccinate their children, amid fears there will be a tragedy if rates do not improve
Juncker: Europe supports mandatory vaccination, even in Italy
The President of the European Commission in his speech on the State of the Union 2017 said that it is not acceptable to die in 2017 of an illnesses that had been eradicated, and that he supports compulsory vaccinations, including in Italy
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State Rep. Hagan supports eliminating flu vaccine requirements
A fight over flu vaccination requirements is pitting the state’s medical and business communities against conservative lawmakers, with Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, telling colleagues that mandating the annual shot “is an egregious violation of personal freedom”
A Warning About This Year’s Flu Season From The Land Down Under
The flu outbreaks in New Zealand and Australia are a useful warning for the U.S., and people should get immunised in time for the flu season
MINSA promotes the elimination of hatching mosquitoes and associated disease plus the promotion of vaccination against influenza
Panama Health Ministry recommends people get vaccinated against the flu as there are still 400,000 flu vaccine doses ready to be given for free
You should be afraid of the flu not the vaccination
Mexico Health Secretariat’s Head of Epidemiology explains that flu shots will be available from October for at-risk groups
Health care experts: Forget the spray, get the shot to fight the flu
The CDC found the nasal spray wasn’t effective in preventing the spread of the flu during the influenza seasons in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommended it not be used this season, which was the same recommendation last flu season
Get That Flu Shot, OPM Advises Federal Employees
Federal employees should be sure to get the annual flu shot and should check that they are up to date on their other vaccinations such as those for pneumonia, whooping cough and shingles, OPM has said
United Way, Partners Collaborate on Flu Prevention
FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the United Way are providing a series of community health clinic events at no-cost to make flu vaccination more accessible in underserved communities
Mutating flu strain too fast for vaccine
The flu hit Australia harder than it should have this year because the most common strain appears to have mutated since it was formulated into the vaccine, with Britain set to face the same problem. There are also concerns that vaccination rates are not high enough and more children should be offered free shots
New SGKK influenza vaccination regulations
SGKK influenza vaccination regulations altered from autumn – longer time period, in hands of GPs, greater flexibility
Winter flu warnings: Should I worry?
NHS bosses are warning people to be prepared for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters
The biggest myths about flu and the flu jab
A recap of the benefits of flu vaccinations and the myths that surround it, as explained by NHS Choices
What should I do if I feel the flu coming on?
The NHS offer a flu vaccine for individuals at high risk. This includes anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women, children and adults with underlying health conditions and those with weakened immune systems. Those eligible for a vaccine are advised to get it once a year during autumn
Burden of disease
H1N1: Myanmar’s undeclared emergency
Myanmar’s H1N1 influenza outbreak has killed 36 people. The government maintained that the outbreak was merely seasonal but a lack of public faith in the government’s ability to handle it, coupled with the fact that Myanmar has had to rely on aid from India, the WHO and Turkey to contain the spread of the virus and administer vaccines, has created an atmosphere of alarm
Surge of flu cases at University of Arizona may herald early influenza season
The UA has reported nearly 100 flu-like and confirmed influenza cases since students returned to school, and county health officials said it appears to be an early start to the flu season

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News Highlights
Seqirus’ adjuvanted quadrivalent flu vaccine shows better protection for young children Seqirus already has the first and only FDA-approved cell-based flu vaccine, Flucelvax, for people four years and older. Now, aiming for a younger population, the CSL subsidiary has returned with phase 3 data showing an adjuvanted quadrivalent flu shot could be a better choice than non-adjuvanted option
Move to adjuvanted flu vaccine could help over-65s Over 1,700 flu deaths a year in the UK could be avoided by switching to a new flu vaccine, according to new health economic modelling presented at the ESWI meeting; Fluad uses an adjuvant which helps the body’s immune system develop a strong response to flu, particularly in people 65 years and over
Flu vaccine for the over 65s: adjuvanted vaccine more efficient against influenza New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvanted vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the over 65 population than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV) Annual flu-related hospitalizations among U.S. children under 5 have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 since 2010, with annual reported deaths from 37 to 171 during regular influenza seasons in the same time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
Changes Include Newly Licensed Products, Expanded Age Indication Two vaccines are newly licensed for use during the 2017-2018 season. They are Seqirus' quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) Afluria Quadrivalent -- licensed for use in patients ages 5 years and older -- and Protein Sciences' new IIV4 formulation Flublok Quadrivalent -- approved for use in adults 18 and older.
Sanofi names a new president in France Guillaume Leroy will be the new head of Sanofi France from October 1st, replacing Philippe Luscan ; he will coordinate all of Sanofi’s activities in France and represent the company in dealings with French authorities and professional bodies
Resolve health initiative aims to save 100m lives worldwide A new initiative to save 100 million lives globally through simple interventions such as cutting down on salt and banning trans fats, as well as getting countries prepared for epidemics from flu to SARS, is being launched with $225m of philanthropic funding, by Dr Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC in the United States
UK first EU market for Sanofi Pasteur quadrivalent flu vaccine Sanofi Pasteur announced that, for the first time, it is making available its quadrivalent influenza vaccine in the UK, making it the first European country to market Sanofi Pasteur’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine
A new flu vaccine is now available in the Czech Republic The VaxigripTetra vaccine was approved in the European Union in 2016 and is now also approved for use in the Czech Republic. The 2017-2018 flu season in the northern hemisphere will be the first influenza season when VaxigripTetra will be available for populations aged 3 years and over in 24 countries
Researchers elucidate immune response to flu vaccine Researchers have discovered gene signatures associated with the immune response to the influenza vaccination; they found nine genes and three gene clusters by studying antibody response in over 500 people. Findings from the study could be used to develop strategies to predict and improve the immune system’s response to vaccines
Compulsory vaccination bill to be tabled in joint session of parliament In Pakistan, the Senate passed a motion for ‘The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015’ to be tabled in a joint session of the parliament for approval; Senator Farooq said the bill will play a vital role in increasing children‘s immunity
NHS boss puts service on high alert in case of heavy winter flu burden Britain could face a significant increase in flu cases this winter, which would make it hard for hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to cope, the chief executive of NHS England said
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Seqirus’ adjuvanted quadrivalent flu vaccine shows better protection for young children
Seqirus already has the first and only FDA-approved cell-based flu vaccine, Flucelvax, for people four years and older. Now, aiming for a younger population, the CSL subsidiary has returned with phase 3 data showing an adjuvanted quadrivalent flu shot could be a better choice than non-adjuvanted option
Flu vaccine for the over 65s: adjuvanted vaccine more efficient against influenza
New results presented at the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) Congress in Riga indicate that the adjuvanted vaccine produces a better immune response against influenza in the over 65 population than the non-adjuvanted vaccine
Move to adjuvanted flu vaccine could help over-65s
Over 1,700 flu deaths a year in the UK could be avoided by switching to a new flu vaccine, according to new health economic modelling presented at the ESWI meeting; Fluad uses an adjuvant which helps the body’s immune system develop a strong response to flu, particularly in people 65 years and over
Seqirus’ adjuvanted quadrivalent flu vaccine shows better protection for young children
Seqirus already has the first and only FDA-approved cell-based flu vaccine, Flucelvax, for people four years and older. Now, aiming for a younger population, the CSL subsidiary has returned with phase 3 data showing an adjuvanted quadrivalent flu shot could be a better choice than non-adjuvanted options.
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV)
Annual flu-related hospitalizations among U.S. children under 5 have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 since 2010, with annual reported deaths from 37 to 171 during regular influenza seasons in the same time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
Changes Include Newly Licensed Products, Expanded Age Indication
Two vaccines are newly licensed for use during the 2017-2018 season. They are Seqirus' quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) Afluria Quadrivalent -- licensed for use in patients ages 5 years and older -- and Protein Sciences' new IIV4 formulation Flublok Quadrivalent -- approved for use in adults 18 and older.
CDC: Influenza Vaccine Slightly Modified for New Season
Afluria (IIV3; Seqirus, Parkville, Victoria, Australia) is now recommended for persons aged 5 years and older, in line with FDA-approved labeling. Afluria Quadrivalent (IIV4; Seqirus, Parkville, Victoria, Australia) was licensed by the FDA in August last year for adults aged 18 and older.
Pandemic Influenza News
Nigeria’s southwest state activates bird flu control measures
Nigeria’s southwest Ogun State activated bird flu control measures at a breeder poultry farm, located in Orile-Ilugun area of the state, to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza H5N8, which was discovered on the farm
H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China
The latest epidemic of Asian lineage avian influenza A (Asian H7N9) in China infected almost as many patients as the four previous outbreaks combined and gave rise to a variant less susceptible to available treatments and vaccines, researchers report
Industry News
Resolve health initiative aims to save 100m lives worldwide
A new initiative to save 100 million lives globally through simple interventions such as cutting down on salt and banning trans fats, as well as getting countries prepared for epidemics from flu to SARS, is being launched with $225m of philanthropic funding, by Dr Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC in the United States
Sanofi names a new president in France
Guillaume Leroy will be the new head of Sanofi France from October 1st, replacing Philippe Luscan ; he will coordinate all of Sanofi’s activities in France and represent the company in dealings with French authorities and professional bodies
A new flu vaccine is now available in the Czech Republic
The VaxigripTetra vaccine was approved in the European Union in 2016 and is now also approved for use in the Czech Republic. The 2017-2018 flu season in the northern hemisphere will be the first influenza season when VaxigripTetra will be available for populations aged 3 years and over in 24 countries
UK first EU market for Sanofi Pasteur quadrivalent flu vaccine
Sanofi Pasteur announced that, for the first time, it is making available its quadrivalent influenza vaccine in the UK, making it the first European country to market Sanofi Pasteur’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Commences Public Offering of Common Stock
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals announced that it is offering to sell $80 million of its common stock in an underwritten public offering
Academic studies
Low uptake of flu vaccination among healthcare workers influenced by social attitudes
The low uptake of flu vaccination among medical students and doctors is influenced by social attitudes say researchers. Despite a recommendation from the Chief Medical Officer for England that all healthcare workers are vaccinated annually, only 55% are protected against the spread of influenza, this could contribute to staff sickness and mortality among elderly patients
Researchers elucidate immune response to flu vaccine
Researchers have discovered gene signatures associated with the immune response to the influenza vaccination; they found nine genes and three gene clusters by studying antibody response in over 500 people. Findings from the study could be used to develop strategies to predict and improve the immune system’s response to vaccines
Tobacco plant may 'save lives' in new flu vaccine trial, Austin researchers say
TEKTON Research in Austin is testing a flu vaccine that could be made faster than the current vaccine, using tobacco
Synthetic Toll-Like Receptor 4 (TLR4) and TLR7 Ligands Work Additively via MyD88 To Induce Protective Antiviral Immunity in Mice
Development of novel adjuvants is needed to enhance immunogenicity to provide better protection from seasonal influenza virus infection and improve pandemic preparedness. A study shows that several dose combinations of synthetic TLR4 and TLR7 ligands are potent adjuvants for recombinant influenza virus hemagglutinin antigen induction of humoral and cellular immunity against viral challenges
Pediatric influenza news
US paediatricians recommend flu vaccinations for children over 6 months
Children over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which could significantly reduce the risk of serious illnesses and deaths
Maternity services across Somerset give free flu vaccines
Midwives in maternity services across Somerset are offering the free flu vaccine when they see pregnant women at ante-natal clinics, scans and other appointments
School flu vaccines for four-year-olds will 'considerably' decrease GP workload
Removing four-year-olds from this year's GP influenza vaccination programme and administering vaccines in schools will boost uptake and reduce practice workload dealing with influenza-like illness, UK GPs say
Performance of inhaled flu vaccine confounds experts
Why the live-attenuated influenza vaccine FluMist performed poorly in America during the 2015-16 flu season but well in Canada, Finland, and the United Kingdom continues to stump flu experts
PATH points to power of $120M core boost with new vaccine initiative
The global health organization PATH announced the launch of a new initiative on maternal immunisation; the Advancing Maternal Immunization program will provide pregnant women with vaccines to protect their babies from infectious diseases
Over 65’s influenza news
There are more than 30,000 people vaccinated against flu but some elderly in Cali, Colombia, are very hard to reach
In Cali, Colombia, not enough older people get immunised against the flu and become seriously ill as a result, so the health secretary has made available 30,000 free flu vaccines for this vulnerable population until September 15th
Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccinations in Older Adults
A free AAFP webinar (register.gotowebinar.com) scheduled for Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon CDT seeks to help family physicians increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients ages 65 and older
General Influenza News
Compulsory vaccination bill to be tabled in joint session of parliament
In Pakistan, the Senate passed a motion for ‘The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015’ to be tabled in a joint session of the parliament for approval; Senator Farooq said the bill will play a vital role in increasing children‘s immunity
NHS boss puts service on high alert in case of heavy winter flu burden
Britain could face a significant increase in flu cases this winter, which would make it hard for hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to cope, the chief executive of NHS England said
Review Updated Flu Prevention Guidance for 2017-2018
The CDC has released its yearly flu vaccination recommendations in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The updated recommendations were discussed and voted on during meetings of the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held in October 2016, as well as those in February and June 2017
Hospitals, doctors fight bill that would end flu vaccine requirements
A fight over flu vaccination requirements is pitting Ohio’s medical and business communities against conservative lawmakers and those who say they are “committed to protecting control over our own bodies”
New Bill Would Make Employer-Required Flu Shots Illegal
In the U.S., some companies, especially those in the healthcare fields, require their employees to get flu shots each year. A newly released bill would make that requirement, for anyone, illegal
Pharmacists’ association lobbies for universal coverage
The Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador has been pitching for free flu shots for years, not only for personal protection, but for vulnerable individuals who come into contact with others each day and who can become ill from influenza. That would mean residents of this province could obtain these shots from pharmacists as well as doctors
Burden of disease
Flu-related death toll in Tasmania rises to 21 as treatment stocks run low
Flu has contributed to more than half a dozen deaths in nursing homes in the past week in Tasmania as stocks of Tamiflu treatment run low, the public health director has said. Dr Mark Veitch said the flu season death toll had risen to 21 after a significant number of fresh outbreaks in the past week
Swine Flu Death Toll: 400 In Ahmedabad, 525 In Maharashtra; Here's How You Stay Safe
An official statement from the state government in Ahmedabad said that the death toll due to swine flu has reached 400 from January to September 11
Flu virus has residents in its grips
Huge numbers of Zululanders are seeking medical attention for severe coughs and body aches in what doctors are calling a recurring and aggressive strain of the influenza virus
Zimbabwe: Influenza Cases On the Increase
The Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe is encouraging people to wear warm clothes, amid indications that cases of influenza are on the rise, with 7,483 suspected cases recorded in a week countrywide
Alarming 5-fold rise in swine flu deaths
There has been an alarming 16-fold rise in the number of swine flu cases and five-fold increase in deaths due to the H1N1 virus infection in India this year. According to the data available from the Union Health Ministry, a total of 29,076 cases have been registered so far in nine months in 2017 across the country against just 1,786 cases in 2016

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News Highlights
Canadian Parents Willing to Vaccinate Their Infants with Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine, Study Finds Canadian parents who are educated about immunizing their infants against influenza with an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine see it as a wise, effective, and safe choice. But public-funding status can greatly influence their opinions and intentions to actually immunize children with the vaccine
BRIEF-CSL's unit says new phase III study shows significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who receive AQIV New phase III study shows significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who receive adjuvanted influenza vaccine (AQIV)
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV) Annual flu-related paediatric hospitalizations in Canada have ranged from about 700 to 1,500 during the last five flu seasons, with nearly 50 paediatric deaths across that time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV) Annual flu-related hospitalizations among U.S. children under 5 have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 since 2010, with annual reported deaths from 37 to 171 during regular influenza seasons in the same time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
At least 40 bird flu cases confirmed since June outbreak At least 40 cases of bird flu have been confirmed since an outbreak in June. Hundreds of thousands of birds have perished or been culled across South Africa since the H5N8 strain was detected
South Africa rattled by AI outbreak in the Western Cape Poultry farmers in the Western Cape in South Africa have been rattled by the rise in number of high pathogen avian influenza cases since the first case was recorded on 9 August
Tobacco plant may 'save lives' in new flu vaccine trial, Austin researchers say TEKTON Research in Austin is testing a vaccine that could be made faster than the current vaccine, using tobacco plants; this trial vaccine would make proteins in a tobacco plant and tell your immune system that something is wrong, and it needs to fight back
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Canadian Parents Willing to Vaccinate Their Infants with Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine, Study Finds
Canadian parents who are educated about immunizing their infants against influenza with an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine see it as a wise, effective, and safe choice. But public-funding status can greatly influence their opinions and intentions to actually immunize children with the vaccine
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV)
Annual flu-related hospitalizations among U.S. children under 5 have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 since 2010, with annual reported deaths from 37 to 171 during regular influenza seasons in the same time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
BRIEF-CSL's unit says new phase III study shows significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who receive AQIV
New phase III study shows significantly greater efficacy in children 6-24 months who receive adjuvanted influenza vaccine (AQIV)
New Phase III Study Shows Significantly Greater Efficacy in Children 6-24 Months Who Receive Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine (aQIV)
Annual flu-related paediatric hospitalizations in Canada have ranged from about 700 to 1,500 during the last five flu seasons, with nearly 50 paediatric deaths across that time span. One potential solution to reducing these hospitalizations and deaths is with a more effective vaccine for children
Pandemic Influenza News
Bird viruses which jump to mammals
Chinese researchers may have found an explanation of why bird flu viruses, specifically the H7N9 virus, have been infectious for a few years, including to humans
At least 40 bird flu cases confirmed since June outbreak
At least 40 cases of bird flu have been confirmed since an outbreak in June. Hundreds of thousands of birds have perished or been culled across South Africa since the H5N8 strain was detected
South Africa rattled by AI outbreak in the Western Cape
Poultry farmers in the Western Cape in South Africa have been rattled by the rise in number of high pathogen avian influenza cases since the first case was recorded on 9 August
Bird flu breaks in South Africa
There has been a continuous outbreak of bird flu in South Africa as more cases were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities confirmed on Sunday
Industry News
Safety and Immunogenicity of High-Dose Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine in Participants ≥65 Years in the US
This randomized, modified double-blind, active-controlled, multi-center trial will assess the safety and immunogenicity of the high-dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV-HD) compared to either the licensed or investigational high-dose trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV-HD) in adults.
Academic studies
Pig-to-person spread of flu at fairs a continued concern
The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate make good sense for both the animals and humans, say the authors of a new study
Tobacco plant may 'save lives' in new flu vaccine trial, Austin researchers say
TEKTON Research in Austin is testing a vaccine that could be made faster than the current vaccine, using tobacco plants; this trial vaccine would make proteins in a tobacco plant and tell your immune system that something is wrong, and it needs to fight back
Pediatric influenza news
Include a flu vaccination on your child’s back to school list
Children going back to school should receive a flu vaccine (anyone from the age of 6 months can be vaccinated against the flu) in order to avoid catching a serious and sometimes lethal virus
Baby Your Baby: Get Your Flu Vaccine!
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published its 2017-2018 Flu vaccine recommendations for kids. Katrina Jensen, RN with Intermountain Moms answers some common questions
School flu vaccines for four-year-olds will 'considerably' decrease GP workload
Removing four-year-olds from this year's GP influenza vaccination programme and administering vaccines in schools will boost uptake and reduce practice workload dealing with influenza-like illness, UK GPs say
Performance of inhaled flu vaccine confounds experts
Why the live-attenuated influenza vaccine FluMist performed poorly in America during the 2015-16 flu season but well in Canada, Finland, and the United Kingdom continues to stump flu experts
PATH points to power of $120M core boost with new vaccine initiative
The global health organization PATH announced the launch of a new initiative on maternal immunisation; the Advancing Maternal Immunization program will provide pregnant women with vaccines to protect their babies from infectious diseases
Over 65’s influenza news
Local ministers and experts feel that despite occasional vaccine hesitancy and growing numbers of seniors vaccination rates can be maintained
Local ministers and experts feel that despite occasional vaccine hesitancy and growing numbers of seniors vaccination levels can be maintained or improved. The Robert Koch Institute advice on infectious diseases stresses that frequent immunization can tackle those diseases which potentially threaten the elderly
General Influenza News
Shortage a non-issue
In Australia, while other towns and cities have been enduring a severe flu epidemic, Cowra has been largely spared from the illness, according to a spokesperson from a Cowra Pharmacy, who put the town’s good fortune down to vaccination
When is the flu vaccine for the 2017/18 most effective
Our editorial team asked the Robert Koch Institute when is the flu vaccine for the 2017/18 most effective
Bill Would Make It Illegal For Employers To Fire Or Punish Employees Over Failure To Get Flu Vaccine
Some companies, especially those in the health care fields, require their employees to get flu shots each year. A newly released bill would make it illegal for employers to require employees to get flu shots
5 Things You Should Know About the Upcoming Flu Season
As flu season nears, Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, updates readers on flu vaccine facts so that pharmacists can in turn educate their customers
Burden of disease
Swine flu claims 525 lives in State this year
As many as 525 people have died of swine flu in Maharashtra since January till September 10, Health Minister Deepak Sawant said on Monday
Swine flu claims 48 lives in two months, Health Dept alarmed
H1N1 has claimed 48 lives in the last two months in Punjab; the health minister said the department had procured sufficient quantities of drugs and logistics for the management of swine flu cases

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News Highlights
This year's bird flu outbreak killed a record 281 people in China Researchers at the CDC reported on Thursday that China reported nearly the same number of H7N9 cases as all four previous years combined, during the 2017 season
Evotec and ABIVAX Enter into Strategic Collaboration to Develop Novel Antiviral Agents Evotec and ABIVAX announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop novel treatments for multiple serious viral infectious diseases. Targets in RSV, Influenza and Dengue viral infections have already been identified by ABIVAX
Traditional flu tests not as accurate as newer tests Digital immunoassays and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests, according to a review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
Flu vaccination programme did not protect over-65s last year Public Health England has no plans to revise the 2017–18 winter flu vaccination campaign in spite of figures revealing that last year’s campaign was not effective among its main targets, the over-65s; provisional estimates show that for all age groups combined, the vaccine effectiveness against influenza A and B was 39.8%, but for the over-65s, effectiveness was 6.3% lower
Quadrivalent flu vaccines are cost-effective, particularly for school children Quadrivalent vaccines are currently given to children in England and Wales as part of the national seasonal influenza vaccination program. Research published in BMC Medicine uses a mathematical model of seasonal flu to estimate quadrivalent vaccine program cost, finding it to be cost effective for all age groups
Bird Flu Spreads Across South Africa Bird flu has continued to spread in South Africa as more cases of the outbreak were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities said on Sunday
Certara research sheds light on disease resistant influenza Certara, a specialist in model-informed drug development, has announced that it has developed a report on viral kinetic modelling to accelerate research into drug-resistant strains of influenza
Influenza outbreak: Rise in deaths as illnesses sweep through Tasmanian care facilities The death toll from influenza-related illnesses in Tasmania stands at 14, the state's director of public health has said. Dr Mark Veitch said there had been 28 flu outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities this flu season
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Pandemic Influenza News
This year's bird flu outbreak killed a record 281 people in China
Researchers at the CDC reported on Thursday that China reported nearly the same number of H7N9 cases as all four previous years combined, during the 2017 season
CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hunan
The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) was recorded from September 1 to 7 in Hunan
Bird Flu Spreads Across South Africa
Bird flu has continued to spread in South Africa as more cases of the outbreak were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities said on Sunday
COA Confirms Chickens to Have H5N8 Avian Flu
Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture said
Industry News
IRI arms cough/cold retailers with new tool to boost performance
IRI has launched IRI Illness Tracking, a new solution that pinpoints consumers who suffer from cough, cold, influenza and allergy symptoms throughout the year, so that over-the-counter product marketers and retailers can grow sales during the flu season through better planning and activation programs
Parents 'distraught' over delay in getting vaccine documents
Lawyers acting for families who say their children suffered significant health problems following a controversial swine flu vaccine are due in court next month as part an effort to force the State to release crucial documents. GSK’s Pandemrix has been linked to narcolepsy
Evotec and ABIVAX Enter into Strategic Collaboration to Develop Novel Antiviral Agents
Evotec and ABIVAX announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop novel treatments for multiple serious viral infectious diseases. Targets in RSV, Influenza and Dengue viral infections have already been identified by ABIVAX
Public trusts supermarkets more than pharma – poll
A survey commissioned by Roche revealed that the public trusts supermarkets more than pharmaceutical companies; Roche wants to take a lead in the debate about how to build public trust in pharma. Almost a decade ago Roche faced strong criticism when it dragged its feet when asked to provide unpublished trial data on Tamiflu when the Cochrane Collaboration wanted to reassess its efficacy
Academic studies
Traditional flu tests not as accurate as newer tests
Digital immunoassays and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests, according to a review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
Certara research sheds light on disease resistant influenza
Certara, a specialist in model-informed drug development, has announced that it has developed a report on viral kinetic modelling to accelerate research into drug-resistant strains of influenza
Pediatric influenza news
State scales back its flu vaccination program for schools
A lack of funding is forcing Hawaii to scale back its annual school vaccination program; officials said flu shots won't be offered in private schools this year, and will be available in fewer public schools
Get the flu jab
NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging families to protect their children against flu. The vaccination not only protects the child, it also helps stop the spread of the illness especially to those older members of the family such as grandparents
Quadrivalent flu vaccines are cost-effective, particularly for school children
Quadrivalent vaccines are currently given to children in England and Wales as part of the national seasonal influenza vaccination program. Research published in BMC Medicine uses a mathematical model of seasonal flu to estimate quadrivalent vaccine program cost, finding it to be cost effective for all age groups
Over 65’s influenza news
Flu vaccination programme did not protect over-65s last year
Public Health England has no plans to revise the 2017–18 winter flu vaccination campaign in spite of figures revealing that last year’s campaign was not effective among its main targets, the over-65s; provisional estimates show that for all age groups combined, the vaccine effectiveness against influenza A and B was 39.8%, but for the over-65s, effectiveness was 6.3% lower
What women can to do to lead healthy lives as they age
Pneumonia and flu vaccines can save older women’s lives. Pneumonia and flu combined are the sixth leading cause of death in Canada, and the majority of deaths are in patients over 65
Flu deaths in aged care: more needed than compulsory vaccinations for aged care workers
There are many factors making older people vulnerable to the flu and various actions are needed to protect them, including relatives being immunised against the flu and avoiding visits if they feel unwell, and generally raising awareness of the importance of flu vaccination
General Influenza News
Flu 2017 - The Good News And The Bad News
The number of influenza cases in Australia this year is 2.5-times that of the same time period last year; this year's vaccine matches quite well with the predominant Australian strain, H3N2, but vaccines are less effective against H3N2, which causes more severe disease than most other strains
‘Epi Lab’ supports medical readiness of Airmen, families
As the Air Force Clinical Reference Lab, the Epi Lab provides force health screening, as well as clinical diagnostic testing for its customers; “we grow and isolate flu A/B, parainfluenzas, adenovirus and the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV,” said Senior Airman Brittany Mitchell, medical laboratory apprentice
You're sneezing wrong, and helping to spread the flu
The way Australians are taught to sneeze may have fuelled the spread of deadly influenza across the country, with health experts frantically calling for people to be taught the American method of directing their spray into their elbows
Prepare for A Really Intense Flu Season, Say the Experts
Experts predict that this is going to be one of the most intense flu seasons in recent memory, according to NBC; early vaccination is key, especially in kids
I didn't get the flu shot. Does that make me an anti-vaxxer?
The author questions her choice of not getting immunised against the flu; perhaps getting the influenza vaccine is no longer a personal choice but, at some point, has turned into a moral issue, as there have been repeated calls by experts for all Australians to be vaccinated
Medical regulator, police raid anti-vax GP John Piesse's Mitcham clinic
The medical regulator has raided the clinic of anti-vax Melbourne GP Dr John Piesse , seizing computers and patients' files
Shortage of swine flu vaccine irks people, 2 more dead
Shortage of swine flu vaccine at a time when H1N1 influenza cases are constantly on the rise has irked the residents of Jaipur
Swine flu no reason to panic
The Mpumalanga Department of Health in South Africa last week refuted claims that the area was experiencing a swine flu outbreak. Swine flu is no more dangerous than “regular” strains of seasonal influenza A, Lancet Laboratories explained
Poor flu vaccine prompts call for change
In Australia, infectious diseases experts and state public health officials said the flu vaccine selected this year appeared to have been less effective than usual, particularly against the prevalent H3 strain of influenza A; Professor Cheng suggested Australia consider including higher dosage vaccines. Another practice would be adding adjuvants to vaccines to better stimulate the immune response
Doctors warn of rapidly mutating flu virus that only one in five Aussies are protected against
A fast-mutating strain of the flu has killed more than 73 people in Australia as medical experts fight to contain the virus only 20 per cent of Aussies are protected against
Flu rates spike in parts of South Canterbury as funded vaccine period extended
Parts of South Canterbury experienced a spike in flu cases as a strain responsible for more hospitalisations took a greater hold across New Zealand. The National Influenza Strategy Group said up to September 1 this year, 18,098 doses of flu vaccine had been distributed across South Canterbury, equivalent to 32 per cent of the population
AMA Victoria president urges everyone to get the flu vaccine
Australian Medical Association Victoria president Lorraine Baker told The Border Mail people might see any annual vaccinations offered by workplaces as optional. “Whereas we would say, please, if you get the opportunity to have a flu vaccine, take it,” she said
Flu season is just around the corner
Experts are hopeful the flu vaccine will be a good match for the circulating virus. Vaccines available this year include a trivalent vaccine, which uses three strains of the virus — two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B — and a quadrivalent vaccine, which uses two strains of A and two strains of B
Civic body buys swine flu vaccine from own coffers
Keeping in mind the mounting swine flu cases in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation has purchased swine flu vaccines from its own coffers for high-risk patients instead of waiting for fresh stock from the state government
Burden of disease
Influenza outbreak: Rise in deaths as illnesses sweep through Tasmanian care facilities
The death toll from influenza-related illnesses in Tasmania stands at 14, the state's director of public health has said. Dr Mark Veitch said there had been 28 flu outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities this flu season
Australia's killer flu: Calls for more immunisations as virus mutates
A fast-mutating strain of the flu is defying medical experts' efforts to stop it and has already killed at least 73 people in Australia this year; the number of notified laboratory-confirmed flu cases in Victoria for the year to July 2 was more than 90% higher than those for the same period last year
Hospitals must not be caught cold again
In Hong Kong, with more than 430 deaths blamed on the latest flu outbreak, which saw more patients than beds, selection and promotion of a seasonal vaccine is critical
Two more H1N1 patients confirmed
Between September 7 and 8, two out of six suspected patients are found to have been infected with seasonal influenza, H1N1. A total of 18 in-patients are receiving treatment in hospitals nationwide in Myanmar
Deaths double as deadly flu strain hits aged-care homes
Tasmania’s Health Minister says the state is experiencing a busy flu season and “finding it difficult to cope”. This year’s influenza-related death toll stands at 14, including six elderly residents at Strathdevon nursing home
Swine Flu Cases On The Rise In Rajasthan, New Strain Of Virus Detected
With the number of cases almost doubling in the last month, Rajasthan is witnessing a surge in swine flu patients across the state. This year, 104 people have died since January in the state. Doctors attribute the cases to a new strain in the H1N1 virus called the Michigan strain

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Latest H7N9 epidemic biggest yet, new vaccines sought The latest H7N9 avian influenza epidemic to affect China is the most widespread, with 759 cases reported as of Aug. 7; the epidemic caused 281 deaths, and recent variations between viruses have prompted health care officials to develop several new vaccine candidates
Caterpillars may edge out chicken eggs for vaccine production Caterpillars may be more effective than chicken eggs as a vehicle for flu vaccines, according to a new study that evaluated the efficacy of a newer, DNA-based flu vaccine. The study revealed that a vaccine grown in caterpillar cells was 30% more effective at preventing influenza infection than standard vaccines grown in chicken eggs
'Ineffective' flu jab for elderly is 'better than nothing' Elderly patients should still be given the flu vaccination, despite data suggesting it is ineffective among this group, London's pharmacy vaccination lead has said
Seniors still make up the bulk of flu cases, hospitalizations Last year’s flu vaccine was about as effective as in previous years, but the elderly remained the most impacted by illness, according to an updated report on flu surveillance from the CDC
Deadly Bird Flu In China Evolves, Spreads To New Regions This past year China had the largest outbreak of a deadly bird flu since the virus was first detected in March 2013. During the 2017 season, the country reported nearly the same number of cases as all four previous years combined
Influenza cases in the state continue to defy records The Australian flu season shows no signs of fizzling out. According to the surveillance program FluCAN, the flu reached ‘intense mid-seasonal activity’ in the last two weeks of August; at least 135,411 cases have been confirmed nationally by laboratory tests, more than two and a half times last year’s figures
Province first to introduce new flu vaccine for personal care home residents Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen, announced that Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to better protect vulnerable residents of personal care homes from influenza
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New vax “could prevent 90% of cervical cancer cases”
In response to a request from Seqirus, the Australian PBAC has recommended that Gardasil 9 be listed on the National Immunisation Program as a two-dose schedule for females and males, aged 12-13 years as part of a school age program for the prevention of HPV, to replace the current three-dose schedule of Gardasil
CSL Behring’s Acquisition of Calimmune May Spur New Therapies to Treat Sickle Cell Disease
New therapies to treat sickle cell disease may receive a boost after CSL Behring‘s recent $91 million acquisition of Calimmune. “The acquisition represents another important step in the execution of our strategy for sustainable growth,” Paul Perreault, CSL Behring’s CEO and managing director said
Pandemic Influenza News
Latest H7N9 epidemic biggest yet, new vaccines sought
The latest H7N9 avian influenza epidemic to affect China is the most widespread, with 759 cases reported as of Aug. 7; the epidemic caused 281 deaths, and recent variations between viruses have prompted health care officials to develop several new vaccine candidates
Vietnam takes preventive measures against bird flu
In Vietnam, the Department of Preventive Medicine requested the healthcare sector and relevant agencies to conduct measures to tackle avian viruses, with the likelihood of outbreaks in the country still high
200,000 chickens culled in Western Cape as province tackles bird flu
More than 200,000 chickens have died or been culled in the Western Cape as a result of an outbreak of bird flu, leading to over 100 job losses, according to Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
Deadly Bird Flu In China Evolves, Spreads To New Regions
This past year China had the largest outbreak of a deadly bird flu since the virus was first detected in March 2013. During the 2017 season, the country reported nearly the same number of cases as all four previous years combined
Industry News
Glaxo has succeeded in getting its influenza virus waste emissions into the nearby river under control
GSK vaccine plant wastewater expelled viruses and genetically modified pathogens into Dresden waste water for 13 years, and although local health authorities say there was no risk to the public, they are still very relieved because remedial work by Glaxo has brought this worrying defect back under control
Tamiflu shortages across pharmacies
There is currently a shortage of Tamiflu products across Australian pharmacies and wholesalers, the TGA confirms. Manufacturer Roche says pharmacies and wholesalers are running low on stock due to “exceptionally high seasonal demand”
Academic studies
Caterpillars may edge out chicken eggs for vaccine production
Caterpillars may be more effective than chicken eggs as a vehicle for flu vaccines, according to a new study that evaluated the efficacy of a newer, DNA-based flu vaccine. The study revealed that a vaccine grown in caterpillar cells was 30% more effective at preventing influenza infection than standard vaccines grown in chicken eggs
Diagnostic Accuracy of Novel and Traditional Rapid Tests for Influenza Infection Compared With Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Rapid and accurate influenza diagnostics can improve patient care. Novel DIAs and rapid NAATs had markedly higher sensitivities for influenza A and B in both children and adults than did traditional RIDTs, with equally high specificities
Pediatric influenza news
New mums uncertain about vaccination
First-time mothers are twice as likely to be hesitant about vaccinating their babies compared to mothers already with children, new research has found. A study of nearly 1000 new mums in Australia found that just two-thirds of new mums believed they had received enough information on vaccines during their pregnancy
Parents rely on paediatricians for teen vaccine reminders
A new report from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, found that many parents are unaware of what vaccines their teenagers need and when, and that they rely on their pediatricians for guidance in sorting out a confusing set of guidelines
Flu vaccine season is here
The American Academy of Paediatrics just came out with recommendations for the 2017- 2018 season and is urging that all children ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu, preferably by the end of October
State scales back school flu shot program due to lack of funding
Not all schools will be offering flu shots this year, and health experts say it’s a bad idea. The Hawaii Department of Health says it is scaling back the Stop Flu at School program due to lack of funding and resources
Over 65’s influenza news
'Ineffective' flu jab for elderly is 'better than nothing'
Elderly patients should still be given the flu vaccination, despite data suggesting it is ineffective among this group, London's pharmacy vaccination lead has said
Seniors still make up the bulk of flu cases, hospitalizations
Last year’s flu vaccine was about as effective as in previous years, but the elderly remained the most impacted by illness, according to an updated report on flu surveillance from the CDC
Province first to introduce new flu vaccine for personal care home residents
Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen, announced that Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to better protect vulnerable residents of personal care homes from influenza
General Influenza News
The Race to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates in the Information Age
The pharmacy industry has increasingly sought to compete with other industries to address a large public health concern: under-vaccination of the US adult population. Both pneumonia and influenza are listed in the top 10 causes of death, with pneumonia accounting for more than 55,000 deaths each year alone
Sharps Disposal: Assuring Regulatory Compliance During Off-Site Vaccination Clinics
The CDC published the startling fact that “flu in the workplace costs US businesses approximately $10.4 billion each season.” In addition to pharmacists providing immunizations inside of pharmacies, their participation in off-site clinics provides a valuable and convenient service to communities and employers
Doctors urging people to still get flu vaccine after high rates of illness
In Australia, doctors are urging people to still get the flu vaccine to prevent an encore of the virus. While there are no figures of how many people have suffered repeated bouts of flu this year, many are anecdotally suffering their second infection of the flu virus
Without a Chavista Party card Venezuelans have to pay at least US$100 for vaccinations
The dictatorship in Venezuela will force citizens to produce a Chavista Party Card in order to receive free immunisations, otherwise they will have to pay at least $100 for each vaccine
Australia's killer flu: Calls for more immunisations as virus mutates
A fast-mutating strain of the flu is defying medical experts' efforts to stop it and has already killed at least 73 people in Australia this year. Australian Medial Association vice-president Dr Tony Bartone recommended people get immunised as only 20% of Australians tend to get a flu shot
Cutting funding for doctor-delivered flu shots bad decision, says medical association
The group that represents Newfoundland and Labrador's doctors says the province has made a bad decision in cutting coverage for flu shots that will result in fewer residents getting the shots, and ultimately increase health care costs
Minister Of Health Stands Behind Changes To Flu Shot Coverage
The Minister of Health is standing behind his department’s decision to stop covering flu shots administered by doctors. Last spring Minister John Haggie announced the province would no longer pay doctors the $17 for administering the shot in order to free them up to do other things
Expansion of free flu vaccination program called for
NSW Shadow Health Minister, Mr Walt Secord, has called on the State and Federal Government to consider expanding their free flu vaccination programs
NSW urged to take ‘the dab’ to sneezing to head off worst influenza outbreak ever
The way Australians have been taught to sneeze is wrong and may be fuelling the spread of the flu; health experts frantically calling for people to be taught the American method of directing their spray into their elbows
Burden of disease
Influenza cases in the state continue to defy records
The Australian flu season shows no signs of fizzling out. According to the surveillance program FluCAN, the flu reached ‘intense mid-seasonal activity’ in the last two weeks of August; at least 135,411 cases have been confirmed nationally by laboratory tests, more than two and a half times last year’s figures
Australia's killer flu: 73 dead already this year as virus mutates
A fast-mutating strain of the flu is defying medical experts' efforts to stop it and has already killed at least 73 people in Australia this year
Influenza outbreak: Rise in deaths as illnesses sweep through Tasmanian care facilities
The death toll from influenza-related illnesses in Tasmania has jumped from six to 14 in the past week, the state's director of Public Health says. Dr Mark Veitch said there had been 28 flu outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities this flu season

"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 7th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Idyll Respiratory (IFV-RSV) Panel receives 510(k) clearance by US FDA Biocartis announced that its Idylla Respiratory Panel has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Janssen Diagnostics, the respiratory panel detects various strains of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus
Gavi’s vaccine program to save 20M lives, $350B by 2020: study According to a study on Gavi’s work, societies can achieve greater savings through vaccination against H. influenzae type b, HPV, measles and pneumococcus than the other diseases evaluated. Protection against the flu virus, hep B and pneumococcus together will contribute over half of the total $820 billion economic and social value of vaccination during the 20-year period
Irvine firm's £1.3 million expansion to help lead fight against Alzheimer’s disease The £1.3 million expansion of Merck in Irvine will help lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease; the facility, which produces materials for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, flu, diabetes and dementia medicines, currently supports 170 jobs
Review of protocols on handling bird flu urged In the Philippines, the United Broilers Raisers Association has called on government agencies to review current protocols on handling bird flu cases in the wake of the recent bout with an avian influenza outbreak in three towns in central Luzon
Certara paper shows viral kinetic modelling grows flu knowledge, advances drug development Certara announced that its comprehensive influenza viral kinetic modelling review has just been published in Current Pharmacology Reports
Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff In Australia, there is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed
Tamiflu supplies running dry as flu epidemic tightens its grip on the nation The flu epidemic gripping Australia has led to a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu. A Federal Department of Health spokeswoman said the "temporary" shortfall affected all Tamiflu products
Busiest flu season on record: Queensland ambulances This year's flu season has been the busiest on record for the Queensland Ambulance Service, with desk workers forced to go on the road to cope with demand; QAS medical director Stephen Rashford said paramedics across the state had experienced a "surge of 20 per cent" in recent weeks
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Pandemic Influenza News
UK chief vets: Prepare for winter bird flu threat
UK chief vets have stressed the need for poultry keepers to remain vigilant to the threat of bird flu and take action now to reduce their disease risk
Review of protocols on handling bird flu urged
In the Philippines, the United Broilers Raisers Association has called on government agencies to review current protocols on handling bird flu cases in the wake of the recent bout with an avian influenza outbreak in three towns in central Luzon
New case of H7N9 human avian flu infection in China
Chinese health authorities notified the WHO of a H7N9 avian flu case in China involving a 58 year old man in the province of Fujia. He was hospitalized on 29th July, diagnosed with severe pneumonia. To date a total of 1588 cases of H7N9 human infection have been confirmed by health labs since the beginning of 2013
Chinese experts laud Pampanga’s fast action vs bird flu
Chinese experts lauded the efforts of the provincial government in response to the avian influenza that struck the poultry industry in San Luis town in the Philippines last August
Industry News
Irvine firm's £1.3 million expansion to help lead fight against Alzheimer’s disease
The £1.3 million expansion of Merck in Irvine will help lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease; the facility, which produces materials for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, flu, diabetes and dementia medicines, currently supports 170 jobs
Idyll Respiratory (IFV-RSV) Panel receives 510(k) clearance by US FDA
Biocartis announced that its Idylla Respiratory Panel has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Janssen Diagnostics, the respiratory panel detects various strains of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus
Tamiflu supplies running dry as flu epidemic tightens its grip on the nation
The flu epidemic gripping Australia has led to a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu. A Federal Department of Health spokeswoman said the "temporary" shortfall affected all Tamiflu products
Academic studies
Gavi’s vaccine program to save 20M lives, $350B by 2020: study
According to a study on Gavi’s work, societies can achieve greater savings through vaccination against H. influenzae type b, HPV, measles and pneumococcus than the other diseases evaluated. Protection against the flu virus, hep B and pneumococcus together will contribute over half of the total $820 billion economic and social value of vaccination during the 20-year period
Certara paper shows viral kinetic modelling grows flu knowledge, advances drug development
Certara announced that its comprehensive influenza viral kinetic modelling review has just been published in Current Pharmacology Reports
Rapid tests linked to quicker and more accurate results for influenza diagnosis than traditional tests
Compared to traditional rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs), digital immunoassays (DIAs), and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) had significantly higher sensitivities for influenza A and B in both adults and children, with specificities that were equally high
Pediatric influenza news
AAP: Flu Vaccine 6 Months-and-Up Recommended
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the flu vaccine for kids six months and older to prevent severe illness, even death, during the upcoming flu season; the public recommendation came after more than 100 children died during the 2016-17 flu season, with 80 percent of those not receiving the flu vaccine
Over 65’s influenza news
Vaccination for the elderly – call out for them to be immunized but doubts about discount agreements over charging
Older people have an increased risk of serious flu complications; researchers advise that the over 65s should receive adjuvanted vaccines or, in the future, vaccines with a higher antigen content
Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff
In Australia, there is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed
General Influenza News
Is It Safe to Get Vaccines When You’re Pregnant?
Certain vaccines are recommended during pregnancy: the Tdap vaccine as well as the flu shot. You can get the flu shot during any trimester or before pregnancy, depending on whether it’s flu season when you’re expecting
Severe flu season anticipated for Europe, US
Public health experts have urged "everyone older than six months" to receive a flu vaccine. Australia has witnessed a severe flu season and one particularly virulent strain, prompting fears in Europe and the US
Flu forecast predicts big flu season ahead
Just how flu season will affect the United States is often determined by watching what’s happening in Australia and in the southern hemisphere. They are experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks they've ever had. The severity is due in part to a lack of people getting their flu shots
How To Plan A Flu Shot Clinic For Your Employees
According to the CDC, flu costs the U.S. approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults, and an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent a flu outbreak. Not only will an onsite flu shot clinic save company dollars, it will also decrease absenteeism and loss of employee productivity caused by the illness
CMU is the world's best at predicting influenza activity
For three years now, the systems developed by the Delphi group in CMU’s School of Computer Science have predicted national influenza activity levels better than the other submissions. In the past year, CMU’s individual systems even did better than an ensemble prediction — one involving all 28 systems combined
Burden of disease
Busiest flu season on record: Queensland ambulances
This year's flu season has been the busiest on record for the Queensland Ambulance Service, with desk workers forced to go on the road to cope with demand; QAS medical director Stephen Rashford said paramedics across the state had experienced a "surge of 20 per cent" in recent weeks
Swine flu cases rise 14-fold in a yr
According to the Union Health Ministry data, 25,864 cases of H1N1 were reported across India till August 27 this year, a massive increase of over 14 times, in comparison to only 1,786 cases in 2016
Australia's killer flu virus mutates
A highly-mutating and fast evolving strain of the flu has killed at least 73 people in Australia in 2017 but that figure is likely to be much higher, according to the Department of Health