General vaccination/immunisation information for immunisation providers
The following Australian websites may be of use to immunisation professionals seeking supplementary information on vaccines, vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation programs.
This Australian government website contains information regarding immunisation schedules, immunisation programs, fact sheets for parents (available in 15 languages) and providers.
The following key publications can be accessed through the Immunise Australia website:
- current edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook
- current edition of Myths and Realities
- current vaccine storage guidelines Strive for Five
This quarterly publication contains a number of immunisation related reports, including updates regarding coverage data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, published reports regarding annual adverse events following immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases vaccine coverage reports.
State and territory health department websites
- Australian Capital Territory – ACT Health
- New South Wales – NSW Health
- Northern Territory – Department of Health
- Queensland – Queensland Health
- South Australia – SA Health
- Tasmania – Department of Health and Human Services
- Victoria – Department of Health and Human Services
- Western Australia – Department of Health
Immunisation catch-up calculator
SA Health has developed and maintains the immunisation catch-up calculator which helps providers to determine which vaccines are due for children aged less than 7 years who are behind with their immunisations.
Australian Academy of Science
The Australian Academy of Science has published a booklet The science of immunisation: questions and answers which explains current immunisation science, including areas of consensus and uncertainty. It covers the questions: What is immunisation?; What is in a vaccine?; Who benefits from vaccines?; Are vaccines safe?; How are vaccines shown to be safe?; What does the future hold for vaccination?
The following links to international websites may be of use to immunisation providers. Please be aware when accessing information from international websites that many countries use different vaccine formulations and quite different schedules to those recommended in Australia.
World Health Organization Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals – includes information on national programs, global disease surveillance, vaccine research and a set of useful resources.
WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record – includes epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including newly emerging or re-emerging infections.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – provides comprehensive information on diseases that vaccines can prevent, the importance of immunisation, vaccine safety and educational resources.
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI; formerly the Global Fund for Children's Vaccines) – an alliance of international organisations (WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank Group), governments of developing and industrialised countries, research institutions, the vaccine industry and major philanthropists (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Immunisation handbooks of other countries:
- United Kingdom Green Book
- New Zealand Immunisation Handbook
- Canadian Immunisation Handbook
- USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pink Book
Immunise Australia – provides information for immunisation service providers on managing and reporting adverse events following immunisation.
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – provides information on how to report an adverse event following immunisation.
Enhanced adverse events surveillance systems in Australia:
- SAEFVIC – Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (Victoria)
- WAVSS – WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (Western Australia)
- AusVaxSafety – national monitoring of adverse events following immunisation with influenza vaccine in children under 5 years of age
World Health Organization's Global Vaccine Safety – up-to-date factual information, global policies, best practices and resource documents, including training and communication material, in the area of vaccine safety.
Institute for Vaccine Safety (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) – links to news stories and resources related to 'vaccine issues' (by disease) and 'vaccine information', including reports from the Institute of Medicine, a thimerosal table and links to package inserts/manufacturer sites.
Brighton Collaboration – an international collaboration which aims to “develop globally accepted and implemented standardised case definitions of adverse events following immunisation”. The site offers useful publications, slide presentations and other resources related to vaccine safety and adverse events.
Vaccine Education Center (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) – provides information and resources regarding vaccine safety, vaccines and the immune system, vaccine ingredients, and vaccines and chronic conditions.
Immunize Canada – a partnership of national non-governmental, professional health, consumer, government and private sector organisations. The CCIAP website offers a range of resources including publications, policy statements, a bi-monthly newsletter and links to outside web-based references.
Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP) (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in partnership with the United States CDC) – provides immunisation information and resources to healthcare professionals and families. The site includes resources developed by AAP, including photos, videos and family stories, communication resources and newsletter.
Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC), New Zealand – provides independent and factual information, including benefits and risks regarding immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases, and information and training for health professionals.
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) – offers many free print resources for health professionals and the public, including links to related journal articles, recommendations, organisations, photos, video footage, case reports and other resources.
Immunizations for Public Health (i4ph) – includes tips for navigating online information available and determining its accuracy, information about the most common diseases prevented by vaccines, including a history of the vaccines, and links to other sources of reliable information about vaccines and immunisation.
PATH's Vaccine Resource Library (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) – a comprehensive listing of materials on specific diseases and topics in immunization, gathered by PATH from global health partners including the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the GAVI Alliance and many others.
Public Health Agency of Canada – includes links to the Canadian Immunization Guide, vaccine safety questions and answers, National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations, immunisation schedules and more.
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – provides credible vaccine and immunisation information, including an extensive vaccine safety section and links to many resources including patient education and training materials.
Vaccines/Immunisation for specific groups
The Immunise Australia website provides information on immunisation programs for Aboriginal and Torres Islander Australians, including Vaccination for Our Mob.
The National Asthma Council of Australia provides advice about vaccination for people with asthma.
The South Australian Department of Health (SA Health) produces a fact sheet on vaccination and pregnancy.
The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has published advice on vaccines for pregnant women.
Last updated September 2015