Global action plan for influenza vaccines

News Digest 2012


April

Protocol for a randomised controlled trial examining the impact of a web-based personally controlled health management system on the uptake of influenza vaccination rates

2 April - This study provides new insights about the utility of online social networking and PCHMS for public health and health promotion. It assesses whether a web-based PCHMS, with connectivity to a health service provider, containing information and self-management tools, can improve the uptake of preventive health services amongst university students and staff.

Pandemic communications plan needs improvement, Ottawa says

2 April - There are still serious shortcomings in the way public-health bodies communicate with physicians, nurses and pharmacists on the front lines of a pandemic, says the Public Health Agency of Canada. Those gaps include everything from the way researchers study hospital admissions – is there a spike in flu or pneumonia in a certain area? – to the way public-health agencies tell physicians who should get a vaccine, and where and when they should get it.

Walgreens research demonstrates leadership in enhancing access to immunizations and supporting disease prevention

3 April – One of the three studies released by the Walgreens, implies that Walgreens introduction of food oasis pharmacies, as healthy destinations near food deserts, have further contributed to the observed increase in the rate of influenza vaccinations.

Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

3 April – Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat. Both viruses could be controlled by antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, and bird flu vaccines, the researchers added.

MedImmune's quadrivalent flu vaccine may protect children

4 April - An intranasal vaccine that includes four weakened strains of influenza could do a better job in protecting children from the flu than current vaccines, Saint Louis University research shows.

North American and European leaders update pandemic plans

4 April - Armed with lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, government leaders in North America and Europe this week launched new guidance aimed at boosting preparedness for the next influenza pandemic. Some of the areas where key changes were made or are being considered include flexibility of plans, strategies for vaccines and antivirals, and strategies for sharing information.

Vaccines to be procured for checking A (H1N1)

7 April - The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine will purchase and stock up medicines and vaccines for A (H1N1) influenza, Director of Public Health R. T. Porkai Pandian said on Friday.

Giving flu jabs in the morning for men could increase immunity

8 April - Giving flu jabs to men in the morning and to women in the afternoon can boost their immunity against disease, research has suggested.

Un vaccin antigrippal en spray pour les enfants

Avril 9 - Les enfants à risque âgés de 2 à 17 ans pourront être vaccinés contre la grippe, dès la saison 2013, par un simple spray. Fluenz, c'est le nom de ce vaccin administré par le nez, fait son entrée dans le nouveau calendrier des vaccinations 2012, rendu public ce mardi.

Docs advise vaccination against H1N1

11 April - The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has advised people to get vaccinated against swine flu (H1N1 virus). While the medical body does not expect cases to rise as temperatures are increasing, it has pointed out that vaccination would help specially as a preventive measure ahead of monsoon.

Swine flu situation is under control, says health ministry

12 April - There has been an increase in the number of cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 reported from a number of Indian states. "The currently available vaccine can be used, as antigenic differences are not significant. There is no mutation to suggest a change of virus to 'dangerous form'," stated the ministry.

Study: Variant H3N2 risk greatest in kids under 10

12 April - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released more details about a new H3N2 variant (H3N2v) case in Utah, along with results of a serum study that suggests children younger than 10 are likely to be at greatest risk for contracting the novel virus. The group also concluded that the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine, which contains the same strains as the 2011-12 vaccine, can be expected to provide no cross-protection in young children and limited cross-protection in adults.

Early estimates of seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness in Europe among target groups for vaccination: results from the I-MOVE multicentre case–control study, 2011/12

12 April - Among the target groups for vaccination, the effectiveness of the 2011/12 influenza vaccine is low to moderate against medically-attended ILI confirmed as influenza A(H3).

Preliminary study: Flu vaccine was 43% effective against H3N2 in Europe

12 April - A preliminary study from eight European countries suggests that this year's flu vaccine was 43% effective against H3N2 viruses, with antigenic drift cited as a possible contributor to the limited vaccine effectiveness (VE).

Texting can improve flu jab uptake

25 April - Sending parents text messages with education-related messages and a reminder about influenza vaccination improved coverage among groups that are usually hard to reach, research has shown. But the US study, published today in JAMA, showed that even with the intervention, vaccination uptake remained low among vulnerable children.

La gripe causa cada año en España unas pérdidas de 60 millones de horas de trabajo

26 abril - La gripe causa cada año en España unas pérdidas de 60 millones de horas de trabajo, según han explicado los expertos del Grupo de Estudio de la Gripe (GEG), con motivo de la celebración este sábado 28 de abril del Día Mundial de la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo. Por ello, el GEG recuerda la necesidad de vacunarse "con el fin de combatir el absentismo laboral".

Use of the vaccination register to evaluate influenza vaccine coverage in seniors in the 2010/11 influenza season, Navarre, Spain

26 April - People aged 65 and older have a high risk of suffering from complications of influenza, therefore it is recommended that they receive annual influenza vaccination. The vaccination register has been shown to be useful to monitor the coverage of influenza vaccination in seniors and may help guide strategies to improve coverage.

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