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Vaccine Acronyms and Abbreviations

Vaccine Acronyms & Abbreviations

This vaccine abbreviations page lists abbreviations used for vaccines, including some "old" or non-standard abbreviations used on immunization records.

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AVA
Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed
BCG
Bacille Calmette-Guérin (Tuberculosis) Vaccine
DPT
Replaced by use of DTP. See DTP for description.
DT
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, pediatric formulation
DTaP
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine, pediatric formulation
DTP
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and whole-cell pertussis vaccine, pediatric formulation
eIPV
Enhanced inactivated polio vaccine
HAV
Hepatitis A Virus
HbOC
Haemophilus b Oligosaccharide Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine*
HBV
Hepatitis B Virus
HepA
Hepatitis A Vaccine
HepB
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hib
Haemophilus influenzae type b
HPV
Human Papillomavirus
HPV2
Human Papillomavirus vaccine, bivalent (Cervarix®)
HPV4
Human Papillomavirus vaccine, quadrivalent (Gardasil®)
IPV
Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine
JE
Japanese Encephalitis
LAIV
Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (Nasal Spray)
MCV
Measles-containing vaccines
MCV4
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Quadravalent)
MMR
Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine
MMRV
Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella Vaccine
MPSV4
Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Quadravalent)
MR
Measles-rubella Vaccine
OPV
Oral Polio Vaccine*
PCV7 (or PCV)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (7-valent) (replaced the old acronym PCV)*
PCV13
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (13-valent) (replaced PCV7)
PPV23 (or PPV)
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent) (PPV23 and PPV are old acronyms as of 2008; the new acronym is PPSV-23)
PPSV23
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent) (replaced the old acronyms PPV and PPV23)
PRP
Polyribosylribitol Phosphate Polysaccharide (Hib) Vaccine*
PRP-D
Polyribosylribitol Phosphate-Diphtheria Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine*
PRP-OMP
Polyribosylribitol Phosphate-Outer Membrane Protein Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine
PRP-T
Polyribosylribitol Phosphate-Tetanus Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine
PRV
Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine (i.e., RotaTeq®) supplanted by ROTA, then by RV1 and RV5
ROTA
Rotavirus Vaccine (replaced by RV1 and RV5)
RV1
Rotavirus Vaccine, monovalent (Rotarix®). (replaced the old acronym ROTA)
RV5
Rotavirus Vaccine, pentavalent (RotaTeq®). (replaced the old acronym ROTA)
Td
Tetanus & diphtheria Vaccine, adult/adolescent formulation
Tdap
Tetanus, diphtheria & acellular pertussis vaccine, adult/adolescent formulation
TIV
Trivalent (Inactivated) Influenza Vaccine
TT
Tetanus Toxoid
Ty21a
Live Oral Typhoid Vaccine
VAR
Varicella Vaccine
ViCPS
Vi Capsular Polysaccharide (Inactivated Typhoid) Vaccine
VZV
Varicella Zoster Virus
YF
Yellow Fever
ZOS
Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine

*No longer used in the United States


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