Epidemic experts: No need to panic about H1N1 fluHoang Nhung Local people should not be overly concerned about H1N1 flu, as it is a common disease - PHOTO: T.C HCMC – The news on Saturday that 16 patients at Tu Du Maternity Hospital in HCMC were infected with the H1N1 influenza, and 90 others have been discharged from the hospital, has caused concern among members of the public. However, epidemic experts advised local residents to remain calm. Doctor Nguyen Ba My Nhi, deputy director of Tu Du Maternity Hospital, said H1N1 flu, a contagious respiratory disease that causes symptoms similar to those of seasonal influenza in people, is not especially dangerous, as the hospital is able to isolate those infected with it from the community. H1N1 flu patients need to be segregated for medical examination and treatment when they are in the hospital, since Tu Du is a maternity hospital and contagious diseases can be dangerous for pregnant women and infants. Doctor Nguyen Van Vinh … [Read more...] about Epidemic experts: No need to panic about H1N1 flu
Vaccine safety research
The results were recorded after a period of study, trial and production from January 2015 to January 2018, according to IVAC. The vaccine targets three strains of influenza: A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and B. The production process was in line with instructions of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and was assessed to meet quality standards, IVAC said. Vietnam has successfully produced an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine. Photo: nld.com.vn Quality assessment and clinical trial results showed that the vaccine met quality and safety standards and was in line with WHO’s warnings and Vietnam’s regulations. If IVAC is licensed to produce the vaccine it will be sold between 80,000-120,000 VND (3.5-5.3 USD) per dose. At present, Vietnam imports influenza vaccine at a price of 240,000-300,000 VND (10.6-13.3 USD) per dose. IVAC proposed State management agencies to recognise its production line with a capacity of 1.5 million doses per year. Influenza is a leading … [Read more...] about VN successfully produces inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine
HCM City to get high-quality farm products from Long An Agricultural businesses in the Mekong Delta province of Long An are looking at ways to increase supplies of their products to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest economic centre in the southern region. Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, Deputy Director of HCM City’s Department of Industry and Trade, said that buying and selling was being done through modern distribution channels as well as traditional markets. Safe food, traceability of product origin, and post-harvest preservation are all important parts of today’s agricultural production process. However, there are only a few enterprises and cooperatives from Long An province that can satisfy these conditions. If enterprises and cooperatives from Long An met these conditions, they could become key suppliers to HCM City over the long term, according to Hoa. At the meeting between officials from HCM City and Long An province last week, representatives of Long An province’s enterprises … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 4/5
When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease. But the trial also showed that in the third year after receiving the Dengvaxia inoculation, younger children were more likely to end up in hospital with a severe case of dengue than those who didn't get the vaccine. The study's authors cited two main possibilities: the children had immature immune systems that made the vaccine less protective, or the vaccine itself made them more susceptible to severe disease if they had never had dengue and later became infected. More than two years later, it turns out the latter was the primary factor - a revelation at the end of last month that has triggered alarm among hundreds of thousands of anxious parents in the Philippines, where the vaccine has been given to over 830,000 children. It has also torpedoed … [Read more...] about Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?
As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research.At the time, it seemed the Philippines could be on the cusp of a breakthrough to combat a potentially lethal tropical virus that had been endemic in large parts of the Southeast Asian nation for decades.Almost two years later, the program lies in tatters and has been suspended after Sanofi Pasteur, a division of French drug firm Sanofi, said at the end of last month the vaccine itself may in some cases increase the risk of severe dengue in recipients not previously infected by the virus.Documents reviewed by Reuters that have not been disclosed until now, as well as interviews with local experts, show that key recommendations made by a Philippines Department of Health (DOH) advisory body of doctors and pharmacologists were not heeded before … [Read more...] about Philippines defied experts’ advice in pursuing dengue immunization program