The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 2015 Update

Page last updated: 16 July 2015

On 22 June 2015 the National Health and Medical Research Council approved the 2015 update to The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition (the Handbook).

This is part of the new Handbook annual update process which commenced following the publication of the 10th edition Handbook in 2013 to ensure that advice on the use of vaccines in Australia is as up-to-date as possible.

The 2015 update of the Handbook contains amendments to 24 chapters including changes to clinical recommendations, as well as clarifications and the inclusion of new factual information.

  • Annual influenza vaccine is now recommended for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and individuals with a BMI ≥40 and / or chronic liver disease;
  • Updated recommendations on the use of Japanese encephalitis vaccines including for booster doses;
  • The entire meningococcal disease chapter has been updated to take into account the incorporation of the new multicomponent meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero® which is now available on the private market;
  • Pertussis vaccine is now recommended for infants at 18 months of age and for pregnant women; and
  • Recommendations on the use of herpes zoster vaccine are broken down by new age groups.

A detailed description of the amendments is available for easy reference. Due to the number of changes made in the 2015 update, including changes to clinical recommendations, it is important to read all updated chapters in their entirety.

The updated Handbook is available in HTML format. A PDF copy will also be available online soon.