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ACIP Abbreviations for Vaccines

Vaccine Acronyms

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Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Vaccines Included in the Immunization Schedules for Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Following is a table of standardized vaccine acronyms, which was developed jointly by staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ACIP Work Groups, the editor of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the editor of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (the "Pink Book"), ACIP members, and liaison organizations to the ACIP.

These acronyms are intended to provide a uniform approach to vaccine references used in ACIP Recommendations that are published in the MMWR, the Pink Book, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book; and in the U.S. immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults.

Updated May 2015

VaccineAcronym*Trade Name
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis-containing vaccines
P=Pediatric
A=Adult
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids adsorbed (P)DTseveral manufacturers†
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine adsorbed (P)DTaPDaptacel,
Infanrix
Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids adsorbed (A)TdTenivac,
Decavac,
generic
Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine, adsorbed (A)TdapAdacel,
Boostrix
Tetanus toxoid (P, A)TTgeneric
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, hepatitis B and inactivated poliovirus vaccine (P)DTaP-HepB-IPVPediarix
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed and inactivated poliovirus vaccine (P)DTaP-IPVKinrix   Quadracel
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (P)DTaP-IPV/HibPentacel
Haemophilus influenzae type b-containing vaccines§
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccineHibPedvaxHIB,
Hiberix,
ActHIB
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate and hepatitis B vaccineHib-HepBComvax
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccineDTaP-IPV/HibPentacel
Bivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type b conjugate vaccineHib-MenCYMenHibrix
Hepatitis-containing vaccines
Hepatitis A vaccineHepAHavrix,
Vaqta
Hepatitis B vaccineHepBEngerix-B,
Recombivax HB
Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccineHepA-HepBTwinrix
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, hepatitis B and inactivated poliovirus vaccineDTaP-HepB-IPVPediarix
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate and hepatitis B vaccineHib-HepBComvax
Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine
Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccineHZVZostavax
Human papillomavirus vaccines
Human papillomavirus vaccine (nonavalent)9vHPVGardasil 9
Human papillomavirus vaccine (quadrivalent)4vHPVGardasil
Human papillomavirus vaccine (bivalent)2vHPVCervarix
Influenza vaccines
Inactivated influenza vaccineIIVseveral mfrs**
 Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccineIIV3several mfrs
 Quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccineIIV4several mfrs
 Trivalent recombinant influenza vaccineRIV3FluBlok
 Trivalent cell culture based inactivated influenza vaccineccIIV3Flucelvax
Live attenuated influenza vaccineLAIVFluMist Quadrivalent
Measles, mumps and rubella-containing vaccines
Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccineMMRM-M-R II
Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccineMMRVProQuad
Meningococcal-containing vaccines
Meningococcal conjugate vaccines 
 Quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccineMenACWY or MCV4Menactra
Menveo
 Bivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccineHib-MenCYMenHibrix
Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (quadrivalent)MPSV4Menomune
Serogroup B meningococcal vaccinesMenBBexsero
Trumenba
Pneumococcal vaccines
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (7-valent)PCV7Prevnar
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (13-valent)PCV13Prevnar 13
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23-valent)PPSV23Pneumovax 23
Poliovirus-containing vaccines
Inactivated poliovirus vaccineIPVIpol
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed and inactivated poliovirus vaccineDTaP-IPVKinrix
Quadracel
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, hepatitis B and inactivated poliovirus vaccineDTaP-HepB-IPVPediarix
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccineDTaP-IPV/HibPentacel
Rotavirus vaccines
Rotavirus vaccine (monovalent)RV1Rotarix
Rotavirus vaccine (pentavalent)RV5RotaTeq
Varicella-containing vaccines
Varicella vaccineVARVarivax
Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccineMMRVProQuad
Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccineHZVZostavax

* In descriptions of combination vaccines, dash (-) indicates: products in which the active components are supplied in their final (combined) form by the manufacturer; slash ( / ) indicates: products in which active components must be mixed by the user.

† several manufacturers; for complete listing, see U.S. Vaccines [4 pages] and U.S. Vaccine Names

§ For additional Hib vaccine acronyms, see Haemophilus influenzae type b Vaccines Acronyms.

¶ For additional meningococcal vaccine acronyms, see Meningococcal Vaccines Acronyms table.

** For more information on IIV flu vaccines, see the flu vaccines table.

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Haemophilus influenza type b Vaccines Acronyms

Three monovalent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccines are available in the U.S.:

  • ActHIB® (Sanofi Pasteur)
  • PedvaxHIB® (Merck)
  • Hiberix® (GlaxoSmithKline)

Alternative acronyms for these products are explained in this table:

AcronymProduct NameAdditional Information
PRP-TActHIB
or
Hiberix
May be used to designate ActHIB or Hiberix in scientific publications, or on schedules when the brand name is not used. 
Indicates the Hib polysaccharide PRP (polyribosyl-ribitol-phosphate) and includes the extension “T” to indicate the protein carrier (tetanus toxoid).
(PRP-T is the Hib component in the combination vaccines Pentacel® and MenHibrix®.)
PRP-OMPPedvaxHIBMay be used to designate PedvaxHIB in scientific publications or on schedules when the brand name is not used. 
Indicates the Hib polysaccharide PRP (polyribosyl-ribitol-phosphate) and includes the extension “OMP” to indicate the protein carrier (meningococcal group B outer membrane protein).
(PRP-OMP is the Hib component in the combination vaccine Comvax®.)

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Meningococcal Vaccines Acronyms

Six licensed products containing meningococcal antigen are available in the U.S.:

  • Menomune® (Sanofi Pasteur): a quadrivalent (serogroups A, C, W & Y), polysaccharide vaccine,
  • Menactra® (Sanofi Pasteur) and Menveo® (Novartis): quadrivalent (serogroups A, C, W & Y) conjugate vaccines, and
  • MenHibrix® (GlaxoSmithKline): a Haemophilus influenzae type b/bivalent (serogroups C & Y) meningococcal conjugate combination vaccine.
  • Trumenba® (Pfizer) and Bexsero® (Novartis): serogroup B meningococcal vaccines

Alternative acronyms for these products are explained in this table:

Vaccine TypeAcronymProduct NameAdditional Information
Meningococcal (Quadrivalent)
Conjugate
MenACWY
or
MCV4
Menactra
or
Menveo
These two acronyms may be used for
either or both quadrivalent conjugate vaccines,
on vaccination records, schedules, or other documents when it is unnecessary to distinguish between the two products.
MenACWY should be used when it is desirable to identify the 4 vaccine serogroups.
MenACWY-DMenactraMay be used to designate Menactra in scientific publications, or when it is necessary to distinguish between the two quadrivalent vaccines. 
Includes the extension “D” to indicate the protein carrier (diphtheria toxoid).
MenACWY-CRM
or
MenACWY-CRM197
MenveoMay be used to designate Menveo in scientific publications, or when it is necessary to distinguish between the two quadrivalent vaccines. 
Includes the extension “CRM” or “CRM197” to indicate the protein carrier (a non-toxic mutant of diphtheria toxin).
Hib/ Meningococcal
(Bivalent)
Combination
Hib-MenCYMenHibrixThe standard acronym for MenHibrix,
used in most situations.
Hib-MenCY-TTMenHibrixThis alternative acronym identifies the
protein carrier (tetanus toxoid).
Meningococcal
(Quadrivalent)
Polysaccharide
MPSV4
or
MPSV
MenomuneEither acronym identifies the quadrivalent polysaccharide vaccine.
Serogroup B MeningococcalMenBTrumenba
or
Bexsero
This acronym may be used for either or both serogroup B meningococcal vaccines on vaccination records, schedules, or other documents when it is unnecessary to distinguish between the two products.
MenB-FHbpTrumenbaMay be used to designation Trumenba in scientific publications or when it is necessary to distinguish between the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines. Includes the extension “FHbp” to indicate the vaccine is composed of two recombinant lapidated Factor H binding protein variants.
MenB-4CBexseroMay be used to designate Bexsero in scientific publications or when it is necessary to distinguish between the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines. Includes the extension “4C” to indicate the vaccine is composed of 4 components (NHBA, NadA, FHbp, and OMV containing PorA P1.4).

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