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Vaccine Names and Abbreviations
 

Many vaccines are documented in an abbreviation and not by their full name. This page is designed to assist you in interpreting both old and new immunization records such as the yellow California Immunization Record, the International Certificate of Vaccination (Military issued shot record) or the Mexican Immunization Card described in the shaded sections.

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Vaccine
Abbreviation
Name
What it Means
Polio
Oral Polio
OPV
Orimune
Trivalent Polio
TOPV
oral poliovirus vaccine (no longer used in U.S.)
Sabin oral poliovirus
Inactivated Polio eIPV
IPOL
IPV
injectable poliovirus vaccine
  Pentacel combination vaccine: DTaP/Hib/IPV
  Pediarix combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, Hepatitis B (Recombinant) and inactivated poliovirus (DTaP/IPV/Hep B)

DTP
(Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
DTP or DPT
Tri-Immunol
combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (no longer available in U.S.)
Triple combination vaccine: difteria, tétano, tos ferina (diphtheria, tetanus pertussis)
DT combination vaccine: diphtheria and tetanus vaccine (infant vaccine without pertussis component used through age 6)

DTaP/Tdap
(Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis)
DTaP
Acel-Imune
Certiva
Daptacel
Infanrix
Tripedia
combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis
Tdap
Adacel
Boostrix
combination vaccine: tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (improved booster vaccine containing pertussis for adolescents and adults)

DTP-Hib
(Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b)
DTP-Hib
ActHIB-DTP
DTP-ActHib
DTP/HbOC
DTP-OmniHIB
H-DTP
OmniHIB-DTP
Tetramune
combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b
Cuadruple
Also, “Quadruple”
combination vaccine: difteria, tétano, tos ferina, infecciones por H influenzae tipo b (DtaP-Hib: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b)

DTaP-Hib
(Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b)
DTaP-Hib
Act-HIB-Tripedia
TriHIBit
Tripedia-ActHIB
combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (used only for 4th dose in series)
Vaccine
Abbreviation
Name
What it Means
Other DTaP/DTP Combinations
Pediarix combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, Hepatitis B (Recombinant) and inactivated poliovirus (DTaP/Hep B/IPV)
Kinrix combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactivated poliovirus
  Pentacel combination vaccine: DTaP/Hib/IPV

Hib
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pentavalente

combination vaccine: DTP/Hepatitis B/Hib (used in Mexico)
  Pentavac combination vaccine:
DTaP/Hib/IPV (used outside U.S.)
  Pentacoq combination vaccine:
DTP/Hib/IPV (used outside U.S.)
  Quadracel combination vaccine:
DTaP/IPV (used outside U.S.)
  ActHIB Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (Hib)
HbOC
HCV
HIB
HibTITER
OmniHIB
OMP-PRP
PedvaxHIB
 
Pentacel combination vaccine: DTaP/Hib/IPV
  ProHIBit
PRP-D
PRP-OMP
PRP-T
 
Comvax (Hepatitis B/Hib combo) (refer to Hep B-Hib)

MMR
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
MMR
M-M-R II
combination vaccine: measles, mumps and rubella
Anti-sarampión measles-only vaccine
Meas. measles-only vaccine
Triple Viral (SRP) sarampión, rubéola, parotiditis o paperas (measles, rubella, mumps vaccine)
MR measles and rubella vaccine (without mumps)
SR sarampión/rubéola (measles/rubella)

MMRV
Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella
ProQuad
combination vaccine:
measles, mumps rubella and varicella
 

Hepatitis B
Hep B
Engerix
Engerix-B

 
HBV (refer to Hep B-Hib)
  Heptavax
Recombivax HB
Recombivax
 
Comvax Combination vaccine:
Hep B-Hib
  Pediarix combination vaccine: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, Hepatitis B (Recombinant) and inactivated poliovirus (DTaP/IPV/Hep B)

Hepatitis B-Hib
HBIG** Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (given to newborns or children with possible exposure to Hepatitis B infection) DOES NOT count as dose of Hepatitis B vaccine
Hep B-Hib
Comvax
combination vaccine: Hepatitis B/Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine

Varicella (chickenpox)
Varicella
Var
Varivax
varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
VZV Varicella zoster vaccine
  ZOS Zoster (shingles) vaccine
Vaccine
Abbreviation
Name
What it Means
Hepatitis A
Hep A
Havrix
VAQTA
Hepatitis A vaccine (not required for school or childcare entry)

Hepatitis A-Hepatitis B
Twinrix combination vaccine: Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B adults (18 years and older) [used in U.S.]
Twinrix Jr. combination vaccine: Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B pediatric vaccine (used outside of U.S.)

HPV
Human Papillomavirus
Gardasil  

Influenza Flu Vaccine
LAIV Live, Attenuated (weakened) Influenza Vaccine (nasal spray vaccine)
TIV Trivalent (Inactivated) Influenza Vaccine

MCV4
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (quadravalent)
Menactra Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine

MPSV4
Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (quadravalent)
Menomune Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine

PCV7
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(7-valent)
Prevnar
PCV7
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (7-valent) for children

PPV23
Pnemococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent)
PPV
PPV23
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent) for adults

Rotavirus
PRV
Rotateq
Live oral Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccines
  Rota
Rotarix
Oral Rotavirus vaccine
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