Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays
This web page contains the latest national information about vaccine supplies and provides guidance to healthcare providers who are facing vaccine shortages or delays.
*Note: Only those vaccines included on the recommended childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization schedules for routine vaccination are included in this update.
How to respond to challenges in procuring sufficient quantities of needles or needle/syringe sets to meet the demand for influenza and other routine vaccinations.
National Vaccine Supply Shortages
|Vaccine||Shortage||Temporary Change From Routine Recommendation|
|Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP and Tdap)||No1|
|Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)||No|
|Human Papillomavirus (HPV)||No|
|Inactivated Polio (IPV)||No|
|Influenza||No||See current information about influenza|
|Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)||No|
|Meningococcal Conjugated (MCV4)||No|
|Pneumococcal Conjugated (PCV)||No|
|Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPV)||No|
|Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB)||No|
In the United States shortages of many vaccines in the recommended childhood immunization schedule occurred in the past. Some of these shortages were widespread while others were localized. Reasons for these shortages were multi-factorial and included companies leaving the vaccine market, manufacturing or production problems, and insufficient stockpiles. Consequently, some shortages were only specific to one manufacturer.
Shortages of several of these vaccines necessitated temporary changes in recommendations for their use. During that period, summary information about the shortages including projected duration and recommendations for temporary changes in the childhood immunization schedule were provided.
- Questions including those dealing with changes in child care and school requirements necessitated by vaccine supply problems when they occur can be answered by State Health Department immunization programs.
- General immunization questions can be answered by
The CDC Contact Center at 1-800-CDC-INFO
(1-800-232-4636) English and Español
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The FDA’s web page on Biological Product Shortages provides additional information regarding regulatory issues related to vaccine supply.
Those acronyms and abbrevations not already spelled out above include
- AAFP – American Academy of Family Physicians
- AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics
- ACIP – Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
- CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- FDA – Food and Drug Administration
- GAO – United States General Accounting Office
- GSK – GlaxoSmithKline
- MMRV – Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella combination vaccine
- MMWR – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- NCIRD – National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
- TTY – teletypewriter
- Other acronyms
- Shortages of travel-related vaccines
- Status of Recently Submitted, Licensed, and Recommended Vaccines & Biologics
Red Book® Online
- Influenza Vaccination Recommendations
- Childhood & Adolescent Immunization Schedules
- Adult Immunization Schedule
- Standards for Immunization Practices for children & adolescents and adults [7 pages]