The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

Page last updated: 01 August 2017

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recommendations are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication from published and unpublished literature.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.

Public Consultation on changes to the recommended use of meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccines

Key Points:

  • The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
  • The public consultation document can be accessed on Citizen Space.
  • The public consultation will remain open until 11:59pm on 06 May 2018.
  • Comments from all parties are welcomed.

PDF printable version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook (PDF 12241 KB large file)

Please note: This PDF is not up to date. The most recent information is available at the chapters within the Table of Contents. Each chapter contains a PDF print friendly version which can be downloaded and/or printed.

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The electronic version of the Handbook is divided into the following sections:

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 (2017 update). Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health, 2017.

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.

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