The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

27 March 2015

Page last updated: 01 August 2017

27 March 2015

Key updates made to the 10th edition Handbook in March 2015 are listed below by chapter, including chapter sections and subsections. In addition to the updates listed below, other minor amendments have been made to some chapters to improve clarity, consistency and accuracy; these changes are not specifically noted.

References have been removed, updated or introduced where required.

Note: These updates are available online only in HTML and PDF formats.

4.12 Pertussis

4.12.4 Vaccines

Information on the vaccine formulation Infanrix added to the vaccine information box.

Information on pertussis-containing vaccines containing two pertussis antigen components added.

4.12.7 Recommendations

Recommendations on the use of pertussis-containing vaccines updated, including:

A booster dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is now recommended at 18 months of age (in addition to the booster dose already recommended at 4 years of age).

4.12.7 Recommendations and 4.12.8 Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Recommendations on the use of pertussis-containing vaccines updated, including:

  • A dose of dTpa (reduced antigen formulation) is now recommended for pregnant women in the third trimester of each pregnancy (optimally between 28 and 32 weeks) as the preferred strategy for reducing the risk of pertussis in young infants.