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Acronyms and Abbreviations

This list only contains acronyms and abbreviations associated with vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

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AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians
AAHP American Association of Health Plans
ACASA Adult Clinic Assessment Software Application
ACIP Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
AFIX Assessment, Feedback and Incentives Exchange
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIRA American Immunization Registry Association
AKC All Kids Count
ASD Autism-spectrum disorder
ASTPHLD Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors
ATPM Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BCG Bacillus of Calmette and Guérin (tuberculosis vaccine)
BSE Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
CASA Clinic Assessment Software Application
CBER Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA)
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CF Complement fixation
CII Childhood Immunization Initiative
CIRSET Committee on Immunization Registry Standards and Electronic Transactions (an organization that is no longer in existence as May 2006)
CISA Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Centers
CJD Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
CMV Cytomegalovirus
COID Committee on Infectious Diseases (AAP)
CPHA Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities
CRS Congenital rubella syndrome
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CSTE Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CVID Common variable immune deficiency
DAT Diphtheria antitoxin
DFA Direct fluorescent antibody
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DMD Data Management Division
DoD Department of Defense
DPT Replaced by use of DTP. See DTP for description.
DRSP Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia
DT Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, pediatric formulation, for children 6 weeks to 7 years of age
DTP Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and whole-cell pertussis vaccine
DTaP Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
ECBT Every Child By Two
EIA Enzyme immunoassay
ELISA Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
ELR Electronic laboratory reporting
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPO Epidemiology Program Office
ESD Epidemiology and Surveillance Division
FAMA Fluorescent antibody to membrane antigen
FDA Food and Drug Administration
GBS Guillain-Barre Syndrome
HA Hemagglutinin
HAV Hepatitis A virus
HBcAg Hepatitis B core antigen
HBIG Hepatitis B immune globulin
HBeAg Hepatitis B e antigen
HBsAg Hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV Hepatitis B virus
HCFA Healthcare Financing Administration
HCV Hepatitis C virus
HDV Hepatitis D virus (delta agent)
HHE Hypotonic, Hyporesponsive Episode
HI Hemagglutination inhibition
Hi Haemophilus influenza
Hib Haemophilus influenza type b
HICPAC Healthcare and Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
HSCT Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
IAC Immunization Action Coalition
IAVG Interagency Vaccine Group
IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IDSA Infectious Disease Society of America
IFA Indirect fluorescent antibody
IG Immune globulin
IgE Immunoglobulin E
IL-4 Interleukin 4
IL-10 Interleukin 10
IND Investigational new drug
IOM Institute of Medicine
IPV Inactivated poliovirus vaccine
IRB Institutional Review Board
IRC Immunization Registry Conference
ISD Immunization Services Division
LA Latex agglutination
LAIV Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine
LIS Laboratory information system
MCV Measles-containing vaccines
MMR Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine
MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MR Measles-rubella vaccine
MS Multiple Sclerosis 
MSAEFI Monitoring System for Adverse Events Following Immunization
NA Neuraminidase
NACIC National Advisory Committee of Immunization in Canada
NCCLS National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
NCID National Center for Infectious Diseases
NCRSR National Congenital Rubella Syndrome Registry
NCVIA National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986
NETSS National Electronic Telecommunications System for Surveillance
NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHIS National Health Interview Survey
NIC National Immunization Conference
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIIW National Infant Immunization Week
NIP National Immunization Program
NMA National Medical Association
NNDSS National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
NNii National Network for Immunization Information
NPI National Partnership for Immunization
NVAC National Vaccine Advisory Committee
nvCJD new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
NVICP National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
NVPO National Vaccine Program Office
OPV Oral poliovirus vaccine
P&I Pneumonia and influenza
PAHO Pan American Health Organization
PCR Polymerase chain reaction
PCV7 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (7-valent)
PFP Partnership for Prevention
PHA Passive hemagglutination
PHF Public Health Foundation
PHLIS Public Health Laboratory Information System
PHPPO Public Health Practice Program Office
PHS Public Health Service
PHTN Public Health Training Network
PMIRWG Program Managers Immunization Registry Work Group
PPD Purified protein derivative
PPV23 Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent)
PRMA Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
RASH Rapid Surveillance Helper
RET Reportable Events Table
RIA Radioimmunoassay
RNA Ribonucleic acid
RSD Residual Seizure Disorder
RST Registry Support Team
SCID Severe combined immune deficiency
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SHC State health coordinator
SPSS Supplementary Pertussis Surveillance System
SSPE Subacute, sclerosing panencephalitis
Td Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, adult formulation, for persons 7 years and older
Tdap Adolescent/adult tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
TIG Tetanus immune globulin
TT Tetanus toxoid
TWG Technical Working Group (Immunization Registry)
VAE Vaccine adverse event
VAERS Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
VAPP Vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis
vCJD Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
VFC Vaccines for Children
VHC Vaccine Health Centers
VHSP Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Program
VICP Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
VIG Vaccinia immune globulin
VIS Vaccine Information Statement
VISI Vaccine Identification Standards Initiative
VPD Vaccine-preventable disease
VRBPAC Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (CBER)
VSD Vaccine Safety Datalink project
VZIG Varicella-zoster immune globulin
VZV Varicella-zoster virus
WBC White blood-cell count
WHO World Health Organization

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