The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

21 March 2016

Page last updated: 01 August 2017

21 March 2016

Key updates made to the 10th edition Handbook in March 2016 are listed below by chapter, including chapter sections and subsections. Other minor amendments to those listed below have been made to improve clarity, consistency and accuracy; these changes are not specifically noted.

References have been removed, updated or introduced where required.

Note: The updated chapter is available online only in HTML formats.

4.7 Influenza

Terminology referring to the Seqirus (previously bioCSL) brand of trivalent influenza vaccine has been changed throughout the influenza chapter.

4.7.3 Epidemiology and 4.7.4 Vaccines

Most up-to-date information on influenza epidemiology (including Figure 4.7.1: Average annual influenza notification and hospitalisation rates for 2010 to 2013, Australia, by age group) and evidence on influenza vaccines added.

4.7.6 Dosage and administration

Information added on the appropriate action if a child aged 6 months to <3 years inadvertently receives a 0.5 mL dose of influenza vaccine, including in Table 4.7.1: Recommended doses of influenza vaccine.

Advice on the number of doses of annual influenza vaccine required for children aged 6 months to <9 years, based on their previous vaccination history, has been updated in Table 4.7.1: Recommended doses of influenza vaccine.

4.7.6 Dosage and administration and 4.7.7 Recommendations

Advice specifically on the use of quadrivalent influenza vaccine formulations has been included.

4.7.6 Dosage and administration and 4.7.10 Precautions

Information added on the co-administration of trivalent influenza vaccines and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in children.