Welcome to The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition website.
Given the rapid change in the immunisation area it is anticipated that the electronic version of the Handbook will be periodically updated to reflect new changes. Immunisation providers are encouraged to ensure that they are using the current recommendations as available on this website. Handbook updates will be listed on this page.
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The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice. These recommendations are developed by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The Handbook’s clinical recommendations are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication from published and unpublished literature. Where specific empiric evidence was unavailable, recommendations were formulated using the best available expert opinion relevant to Australia.
In some instances, the ATAGI recommendations differ from vaccine product information sheets (PI); these differences are detailed in the relevant vaccine chapters under the heading ‘Variations from product information’. Where a variation exists, the ATAGI recommendation should be considered best practice.
The electronic version of the Handbook is divided into the following sections:
- Part 1 Introduction to The Australian Immunisation Handbook;
- Part 2 Vaccination Procedures;
- Part 3 Vaccination for Special Risk Groups;
- Part 4 Vaccine-preventable Diseases;
- Part 5 Passive Immunisation.
A PDF version of the Handbook, and the relevant National Immunisation Program Schedule are available below. Also available below is the complete reference list.
- 10th edition of the Handbook 2013 (PDF 6170 KB) (updated January 2014)
- National Immunisation Program Schedule
- References (PDF 742 KB) (updated January 2014)
To reference the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition, please use the preferred citation provided by the NHMRC: Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. 10th ed. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health, 2013.
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has developed a slide set summarising what's new in The Australian Immunisation Handbook. This slide set is available via the NCIRS website.
Individual orders can be made from Immunisation Australia - Publications & Resources website.
Enquiries regarding the Handbook can be forwarded to Handbook (Handbook@health.gov.au)
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