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General Acronyms and Abbreviations

This page lists general acronyms and abbreviations used throughout this immunization web site.

It does not list any vaccines. See Abbreviations for Vaccines for a complete list of vaccine names, abbreviations, and trade names.

 

AAFP
American Academy of Family Physicians
AAP
American Academy of Pediatrics
AAHP
American Association of Health Plans
AAP
American Academy of Pediatrics
Ab-negative
Antibody negative
ACASA
Adult Clinic Assessment Software Application
ACIP
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
ACOG
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACP
American College of Physicians
AE
Adverse event
AFIX
Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and eXchange
AIDS
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AIM
Association of Immunization Managers
AIRA
American Immunization Registry Association
AKC
All Kids Count
AMA
American Medical Association
APhA
American Pharmacists Association
ASD
Autism-spectrum disorder
ASTHO
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTPHLD
Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors
ATPM
Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
ATSDR
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BRFSS
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
BSE
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
C. tetani
Clostridium tetani
CBER
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA)
CCID
Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases
CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CE
Continuing education
CF
Complement fixation
CI
Confidence interval
CII
Childhood Immunization Initiative
CIRSET
Committee on Immunization Registry Standards and Electronic Transactions (an organization no longer in existence as of May 2006)
CISA
Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment
CJD
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
CMS
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMV
Cytomegalovirus
CNRA
Community Needs and Resource Assessment
CoCASA
Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Software Application
COID
Committee on Infectious Diseases (AAP)
CPHA
Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities
CRS
Congenital rubella syndrome
CSF
Cerebrospinal fluid
CSTE
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CVID
Common variable immune deficiency
CY
Calendar year
DA
Direct Assistance
DAT
Diphtheria antitoxin
DFA (or dFA)
Direct fluorescent antibody
DHHS
Department of Health and Human Services
DoD
Department of Defense
DRSP
Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia
EBV
Epstein-Barr virus
ECBT
Every Child By Two
EHR
Electronic health record
EIA
Enzyme immunoassay
EIPB
Education, Information, and Partnership Branch
ELISA
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
ELR
Electronic laboratory reporting
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
EPSDT
Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program
ERISA
Employee Retirement Income Security Act
FA
Financial assistance
FAMA
Fluorescent antibody to membrane antigen
FDA
Food and Drug Administration
FHA
Filamentous hemagglutinin
FIM
Fimbriae
FMO
Financial Management Office
FQHC
Federally Qualified Health Center
FY
Fiscal year
GBS
Guillain-Barre Syndrome
GIS
Geographic Information System
GMC
Geometric mean antibody concentration
GMT
Geometric mean titer
GSA
General Services Administration
GSK
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals
HA
Hemagglutinin
HAI
Hemagglutinin Inhibition
HAV
Hepatitis A virus
HBcAg
Hepatitis B core antigen
HBIG
Hepatitis B immune globulin
HBeAg
Hepatitis B e antigen
HBsAg
Hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV
Hepatitis B virus
HCFA
Healthcare Financing Administration
HCP
Healthcare personnel
HCV
Hepatitis C virus
HDV
Hepatitis D virus (delta agent)
HEDIS
Health Plan Employers Data and Information Set
HHE
Hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode
HHS
Health and Human Services
Hi
Haemophilus influenza
HI
Hemagglutination inhibition
Hib
Haemophilus influenza type b
HICPAC
Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
HIPAA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HL7
Health Level 7
HMO
Health Maintenance Organization
HP 2020
Healthy People 2020
HPV
Human papillomavirus
HRSA
Health Resources and Services Administration
HSCT
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
IAC
Immunization Action Coalition
IAVG
Interagency Vaccine Group
IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IDSA
Infectious Disease Society of America
IFA
Indirect fluorescent antibody
IG (or Ig)
Immune globulin
IgE
Immunoglobulin E
IgM anti-HAV
IgM anti-hepatitis A virus
IgM anti-HBc
IgM anti-hepatitis B core antigen
IHS
Indian Health Service
IIS
Immunization Information Systems
IL-4
Interleukin 4
IL-10
Interleukin 10
IM
Intramuscular
IND
Investigational new drug
IOM
Institute of Medicine
IPOM
Immunization Program Operations Manual
IRB
Institutional Review Board
IRC
Immunization Registry Conference (no longer occurs; merged with NIC)
ISO
Immunization Safety Office
IU
International units
IV
Intravenous
JE
Japanese encephalitis
LA
Latex agglutination
Lf
Limit of flocculation unit
LIS
Laboratory information system
LQA
Lot quality assurance
LTC
Long-term care
MCO
Managed care organization
mIU
Milli-international unit
mL
Milliliter
MMWR
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MOU
Memorandum of understanding
MS
Multiple Sclerosis
MSAEFI
Monitoring System for Adverse Events Following Immunization
MU
Meaningful use
NA
Neuraminidase
NACCHO
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACI
National Advisory Committee of Immunization (Canada)
NCCLS
National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards
NCHS
National Center for Health Statistics
NCID
National Center for Infectious Diseases
NCIRD
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
NCRSR
National Congenital Rubella Syndrome Registry
NCVIA
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (of 1986)
NEDSS
National Electronic Disease Surveillance System
NETSS
National Electronic Telecommunications System for Surveillance
NHANES
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHIS
National Health Interview Survey
NIC
National Immunization Conference
NIH
National Institutes of Health
NIIW
National Infant Immunization Week
NIP
National Immunization Program (replaced by NCIRD in 2007)
NIS
National Immunization Survey
NIVW
National Influenza Vaccination Week
NMA
National Medical Association
NNDSS
National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
NNii
National Network for Immunization Information
NPI
National Partnership for Immunization
NVAC
National Vaccine Advisory Committee
nvCJD
new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
NVICP
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
NVPO
National Vaccine Program Office
OMB
Office of Management and Budget
P&I
Pneumonia and influenza
PAHO
Pan American Health Organization
PCR
Polymerase chain reaction
PFP
Partnership for Prevention
PGO
Procurement and Grants Office
PHA
Passive hemagglutination
PHF
Public Health Foundation
PHIN
Public Health Information Network
PHLIS
Public Health Laboratory Information System
PHPPO
Public Health Practice Program Office
PhRMA
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
PHS
Public Health Service
PHTN
Public Health Training Network
PMIRWG
Program Managers Immunization Registry Work Group
PPD
Purified protein derivative, (tuberculin)
PPO
Preferred Provider Organization
PQA
Provider Quality Assurance
PRAMS
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
PRN
Pertactin
PT
Pertussis toxin
QA
Quality assurance
QALY
Quality Adjusted Life Year
QIO
Quality Improvement Organization
RASH
Rapid Surveillance Helper
RET
Reportable Events Table
RHC
Rural Health Clinic
RIA
Radioimmunoassay
RNA
Ribonucleic acid
RSD
Residual Seizure Disorder
RST
Registry Support Team
SAE
Serious adverse event
SCHIP
State Children's Health Insurance Program
SCID
Severe combined immune deficiency
SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SHC
State health coordinator
SMART
Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-phased (objective)
SOP
Standard operating procedure
sp
Saniofi Pasteur
SPSS
Supplementary Pertussis Surveillance System
SQ (or SC)
Subcutaneous (also Sub-Q, sub-cu, or subcut)
SSPE
Subacute, sclerosing panencephalitis
STD
Sexually transmitted disease
STI
Sexually transmitted infection
TANF
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TB
Tuberculosis (Tubercle Bacillus)
TDY
Temporary duty
TIG
Tetanus immune globulin
TWG
Technical Working Group (Immunization Registry)
USDA
United States Department of Agriculture
UTD
Up-to-date
VACMAN
(not an acronym; name of vaccine ordering software)
VAE
Vaccine adverse event
VAERS
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
VAPP
Vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis
vCJD
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
VFC
Vaccines for Children (program)
VHC
Vaccine Health Centers
VHSP
Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Program
VICP
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
VIG
Vaccinia immune globulin
VMBIP
Vaccine Management Business Improvement Project
VIS
Vaccine Information Statement
VISI
Vaccine Identification Standards Initiative
VODS
Vaccine Ordering and Distribution System
VPD
Vaccine-preventable disease
VRBPAC
Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee
VSAB
Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch
VSD
Vaccine Safety Datalink project
VTrckS
Vaccine Tracking System
VZIG
Varicella-zoster immune globulin
VZV
Varicella-zoster virus
WBC
White blood-cell count
WHO
World Health Organization
WIC
Women, Infants, and Children Program
YF
Yellow Fever

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