Welcome to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition website.
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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recommendations are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication from published and unpublished literature.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:
- Front cover (PDF 1318 KB);
- Part 1 Introduction to the Australian Immunisation Handbook (PDF 177 KB);
- Part 2 Vaccination Procedures (PDF 1731 KB);
- Part 3 Vaccination for Special Risk Groups (PDF 597 KB);
- Part 4 Vaccine-preventable Diseases (PDF 1386 KB);
- Part 5 Passive Immunisation (PDF 110 KB);and
- Back cover (PDF 1469 KB).
The complete PDF version of the reference list is available below:
Distribution of the Handbook commenced in April 2013. Copies have been sent to Australian immunisation providers including General Practitioners, specialist doctors (including cardiologists, gerontologists, gynaecologists, obstetricians, oncologists and paediatricians), nurses, midwives, Aboriginal Health workers and travel health clinics.
The Handbook has also been sent to hospitals, medical colleges, state and territory health units, Medicare Locals, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, Immunisation Committees, non-government organisations, pharmaceutical companies, migrant health services, health insurance companies, universities and libraries.
Individual orders can be made from Immunisation Australia - Publications & Resources website. Please note that the Handbook is currently out of stock. It is anticipated that new stocks will be available in early 2014. All orders will be placed on back order.
A word accessible and PDF version of the Handbook,and the relevant National Immunisation Program Schedule are available below.
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.
Enquiries regarding the Handbook can be forwarded to Handbook@health.gov.au (Handbook@health.gov.au)
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