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Travel medicine update

Australian immunisation guidelines for international travellers

Jonathan Cohen

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Abstract

Vaccine advice for international travel is a fast changing area and it can be challenging to remain up to date with current recommendations. The recently revised Australian Immunisation Handbook provides information on the safest and most effective vaccination strategies for travellers based on the latest evidence available.

Article Extract

The 10th edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook released in 2013, and updated in January 2014, includes a significant amount of advice on vaccination for international travellers. The guidelines have been developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) with approval from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The handbook is distributed to all Australian medical practitioners in hardcopy form and also freely available online. The guidelines are widely regarded as a gold standard document, with the primary aim of informing clinicians on the safest and most effective vaccination strategies using the highest quality evidence available.

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