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Notice to Readers: Abbreviations for Vaccines in Immunization Schedules: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules that summarize recommendations for currently licensed vaccines for children aged 18 years and younger, and for adults (1,2). In February 2009, ACIP approved a listing of standardized vaccine abbreviations for use in these immunization schedules.

The table of standardized vaccine abbreviations was developed by staff members at CDC; ACIP members and workgroups; editors of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (3); and others. These abbreviations are intended to provide a uniform approach to vaccine references used in ACIP recommendations. The standardized vaccine abbreviations are available at


  1. CDC. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years---United States, 2009. MMWR 2008;57(51&52).
  2. CDC. Recommended adult immunization schedule---United States, 2009. MMWR 2009;57(53).
  3. CDC. Epidemiology and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. Atkinson W, Hamborsky J, McIntyre L, Wolfe S, eds. 10th ed. 2nd printing. Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation; 2008.

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Date last reviewed: 4/8/2009


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