Vaccine Abbreviations

When it comes to vaccine records, there can be a lot of confusing terms and abbreviations. We’ve listed current and old abbreviations used for vaccines on U.S. records.

Abbreviations are listed alphabetically. Click a button below to “jump” to that section.

  1. A – G
  2. H – I
  3. J – M
  4. N – R
  5. S – Z
A – G
Abbreviations used on U.S. immunization records: A-G
AVA Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed
BCG Bacille Calmette-Guérin (Tuberculosis) Vaccine
ccIIV3 Cell-Culture Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, Trivalent (Flucelvax®)
1vCOV-mRNA Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®/PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, SPIKEVAX®/Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine)
2vCOV-mRNA Bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine)
1vCOV-aPS Adjuvanted, protein subunit COVID-19 vaccine (Novavax)
DEN4CYD Dengue vaccine (Dengvaxia®)
DPT Replaced by the term DTP (see DTP for description)
DT Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, pediatric formulation
DTaP Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine, pediatric formulation (replaced DTP)
DTaP-IPV Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactivated poliovirus combination vaccine (Kinrix®, Quadracel®)
DTaP-HepB-IPV Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, and inactivated poliovirus combination vaccine (Pediarix®)
DTaP-IPV/Hib Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated poliovirus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b combination vaccine (Pentacel®)
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated poliovirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and hepatitis B combination vaccine (Vaxelis®)
DTP or (DTwP)

Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and whole-cell pertussis vaccine, pediatric formulation (no longer available)

eIPV Enhanced inactivated polio vaccine
H – I
Abbreviations used on U.S. immunization records: H-I
HAV Hepatitis A Virus
HbOC Haemophilus b Oligosaccharide Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine (no longer available)
HBV Hepatitis B Virus
HepA Hepatitis A Vaccine
HepB Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hib Haemophilus influenzae type b
Hib-MenCY-TT Hib-Meningococcal (Bivalent) Conjugate Vaccine (MenHibrix®)
HPV Human Papillomavirus
HPV2 Human Papillomavirus vaccine, bivalent (Cervarix®)
2vHPV Bivalent HPV vaccine (Cervarix®)
HPV4 Human Papillomavirus vaccine, quadrivalent (Gardasil®)
4vHPV Quadrivalent HPV vaccine (Gardasil®)
9vHPV 9-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil®)
IPV Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine
IIV Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (formerly called TIV)
IIV3 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, Trivalent
IIV4 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, Quadrivalent
J – M
Abbreviations used on U.S. immunization records: J-M
JE Japanese Encephalitis
JE-MB Inactivated, mouse brain-derived Japanese encephalitis vaccine (JE-Vax®) (no longer available)
JE-VC Inactivated, Vero cell culture-derived Japanese encephalitis vaccine (Ixiaro®)
LAIV Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (Nasal Spray)
LAIV4 Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (Quadrivalent)
MCV Measles antigen-containing vaccines
MCV4 Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Quadravalent)
MenACWY-TT Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Quadrivalent (MenQuadfiTM)
MenACWY-CRM Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Quadrivalent (Menveo®)
MenACWY-D Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Quadrivalent (Menactra®)
MenB Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine
MenB-FHbp Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (Trumenba®)
MenB-4C Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (Bexsero®)
MMR Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine
MMRV Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella Vaccine
MPSV4 Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Quadravalent)
MR Measles-rubella Vaccine
N – R
Abbreviations used on U.S. immunization records: N-R
OPV Oral Polio Vaccine (no longer available)
PCV7 (or PCV) Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (7-valent) (no longer available)
PCV13 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (13-valent) (replaced PCV7)
PCV15 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (15-valent)
PCV20 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (20-valent)
PPV23 (or PPV) Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent) (replaced by the term PPSV23)
PPSV23 Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent) (formerly called PPV or PPV23)
PRP Polyribosylribitol Phosphate Polysaccharide (Hib) Vaccine (no longer available)
PRP-D Polyribosylribitol Phosphate-Diphtheria Conjugate (Hib) Vaccine (no longer available)
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®) (replaced by the term ROTA, then by RV5)
RIV3 Recombinant Influenza Vaccine, Trivalent (Flublok®)
ROTA Rotavirus Vaccine (replaced by the terms RV1 and RV5)
RRV-TV Live, tetravalent rotavirus vaccine (RotaShield™) (no longer available)
RV1 Rotavirus Vaccine, monovalent (Rotarix®) (formerly called ROTA)
RV5 Rotavirus Vaccine, pentavalent (RotaTeq®) (formerly called ROTA)
RZV Recombinant Zoster Vaccine
S – Z
Abbreviations used on U.S. immunization records: S-Z
Td Tetanus & diphtheria Vaccine, adult/adolescent formulation
Tdap Tetanus, diphtheria & acellular pertussis vaccine, adult/adolescent formulation
TIV Trivalent (Inactivated) Influenza Vaccine (replaced by the term IIV)
TT Tetanus Toxoid (no longer available)
Ty21a Live Oral Typhoid Vaccine
VAR Varicella Vaccine
ViCPS Vi Capsular Polysaccharide (Inactivated Typhoid) Vaccine
VZV Varicella Zoster Virus
YF Yellow Fever

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