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recommendations are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication from published and unpublished literature.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.
To reference the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition, the preferred citation provided is: Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). The Australian immunisation handbook 10th ed (2015 update). Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health, 2015.
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)