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Passive Surveillance

Passive surveillance systems rely on health professionals or vaccinees to voluntarily submit reports of illness following vaccination. Limitations of passive surveillance systems include variability in reporting standards, reporter bias and significant under-reporting of events.

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Vaccine Adverse Events (VAEs)

The terms vaccine adverse event following immunization (VAE) and adverse event following immunization (AEFI) are used interchangeably throughout this document and do not imply that an event was caused by a vaccine. 

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List of Vaccines

 Last Updated: September 2010

Vaccine Code Vaccine Type
6VAX-F    DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS ABSORBED + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS + HEPATITIS B + HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE
ADEN ADENOVIRUS VACCINE LIVE ORAL TYPE 7
ANTH      ANTHRAX VACCINE
BCG       BACILLUS CALMETTE-GUERIN VACCINE
CEE       CENTRAL EUROPEAN ENCEPHALITIS
CHOL      CHOLERA VACCINE
DPIPV     DIPHTHERIA,PERTUSSIS + INACTIVATED POLIO VIRUS
DPP      DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/POLIO (ORAL [LIVE OR INACTIVATED NOT NOTED])
DT        DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS, PEDIATRIC
DTAP        DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE
DTAPH DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE + HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE
DTAPHEPBIP DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE + HEPATITIS B + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE
DTAPIPV DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE  + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE
DTAPIPVHIb DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE + HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE
DTIPV     DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS, PEDIATRIC + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE
DTOX      DIPHTHERIA TOXOID
DTP       DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND PERTUSSIS VACCINE
DTPHEP    DIPHTHERIA,TETANUS, PERTUSSIS + HEPATITIS B
DTPHIB    DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND PERTUSSIS VACCINE + HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE
DTPPHIB   DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND PERTUSSIS VACCINE + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE + HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE (TETANUS TOXOID CONJUGATE)
DTPIHI    DIPHTHERIA/TETANUS/WHOLE PERTUSSIS+INACTIVATED POLIO VIRUS+HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZA B
DTPIPV    DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS AND PERTUSSIS VACCINE + INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE
FLU       INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE
FLU(HD) INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE HIGH DOSE
FLU(H1N1) INFLUENZA(H1N1)MONOVALENT
FLUN      INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (NASAL SPRAY)
FLUN(H1N1) INFLUENZA(H1N1)MONOVALENT (NASAL SPRAY)
HBHEPB    HAEMOPHILUS B CONGUGATE VACCINE + HEPATITIS B
HBPV      HAEMOPHILUS B POLYSACCHARIDE VACCINE
HEP       HEPATITIS B VIRUS VACCINE
HEPA      HEPATITIS A
HEPAB     HEPATITIS A + HEPATITIS B
HIBV      HAEMOPHILUS B CONJUGATE VACCINE
HPV       HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS
HPV2 HUMAN PAPILLOVAVIRUS BIVALENT
HPV4      HUMAN PAPILLOVAVIRUS QUADRIVALENT
H5N1 PANDEMIC FLU VACCINE
IPV       POLIOVIRUS VACCINE INACTIVATED
JEV       JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS VIRUS VACCINE, INACTIVATED
JEV1 JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS VIRUS VACCINE, INACTIVATED, ADSORBED
LYME      LYME DISEASE VACCINE
MEA       MEASLES
MEN       MENINGOCOCCAL POLYSACCHARIDE VACCINE
MER       MEASLES AND RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE, LIVE
MM        MEASLES AND MUMPS VIRUS VACCINE, LIVE
MMR       MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE, LIVE
MMRV      MEASLES, MUMPS, ROUBELLA AND VARICELLA VACCINE LIVE
MNC       MENINGOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE
MNQ       MENINGOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE
MU        MUMPS VIRUS VACCINE, LIVE
MUR       MUMPS AND RUBELLA VIRUS VACCINE, LIVE
OPV      POLIOVIRUS VACCINE TRIVALENT, LIVE, ORAL
PER       PERTUSSIS VACCINE
PLAGUE    PLAGUE VACCINE
PNC       PNEUMOCOCCAL 7-VALENT CONJUGATE VACCINE
PNC13 PNEUMOCOCCAL 13-VALENT CONJUGATE VACCINE
PPV       PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE, POLYVALENT
RAB       RABIES VIRUS VACCINE
ROT       ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
ROTHB5    ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
ROTH1 ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
RUB       RUBELLA
RV        ROTAVIRUS
SMALL     SMALLPOX VACCINE
SSEV      SPRING/SUMMER ENCEPHALITIS VACCINE
TBE      TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS VACCINE
TD        TETANUS AND DIPHTHERIA TOXOIDS, ADULT
TDAP        TETANUS TOXOID, REDUCED DIPHTHERIA TOXOID AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE, ADSORBED
TTOX      TETANUS TOXOID
TYP       TYPHOID VACCINE
UNK UNKNOWN VACCINE TYPE
VARCEL    VARIVAX-VARICELLA VIRUS LIVE
VARZOS    VARICELLA-ZOSTER VACCINE
YF        YELLOW FEVER VACCINE

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List of Commonly Used Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are commonly used when reporting adverse events to VAERS:

Abbreviation Explanation
a/      Before
abd     Abdomen
abn     abnormal (i.e., abn behavior, abn lab values)
addl    Additional
adm.    admitted, admission
ADR     adverse drug reaction
ADL     activities of daily living
AE      Adverse Event
afeb    Afebrile
AKA     also known as
alk phos alkaline phosphatase
allerg  allergy, allergic
ALT     serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (also SGPT)
AMA     American Medical Association
amb     ambulance, ambulate
amt     Amount
ANA     antinuclear antibody
ANAM    acute motor axonal neuropathy
APAP    Acetaminophen
approx  Approximately
appt    Appointment
ASA     Aspirin
assoc   Associated
AST     serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (also SGOT)
ATB     Antibiotics
ax      axillary (temperature)
baso    Basophils
BC      blood culture
BID     twice daily
bilat   Bilateral
bili    Bilirubin
bm      bowel movement
BOM     bilateral otitis media
BP      blood pressure
BPM or bpm   beats per minute
BPM or bpm   beats per minute
Bx      biopsy, biopsies, biopsied
Ca      calcium
CA      cancer
CBC     complete blood count
cc      chief complaint
CDC     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHD     congenital heart disease
CHF     congestive heart failure
CHN     community health nurse
chr     chronic
cm      centimeter
CNS     central nervous system
c/o     complained of
COD     cause of death
cont    continued
convuls convulsion
COPD    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPK     creatinine phosphokinase
CPR     cardiopulmonary resuscitation
C&S     culture & sensitivity
CSF     cerebrospinal fluid
CT/CAT  computerized axial tomography (i.e., CAT scan)
ctr     center
CXR     chest X?ray
D       diarrhea
d/c     discontinued
dec     decreased, diminished
delt    deltoid
devel   developed
diam    diameter
diff    differential blood count
disch   discharge
DO      Doctor of Osteopathy
DPH     diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
DT      diphtheria tetanus
DTox    diphtheria toxoid
dtr     deep tendon reflexes
Dx      diagnosis
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
EEG     electroencephalogram
elev    elevate or elevated
EMT     emergency medical technician
eos     eosinophils
epi     epinephrine
ER      emergency room
esp     especially
ESR     erythrocyte sedimentation rate
eval    evaluation
exam    examination
exp     experienced
fam     family
FDA     Food and Drug Administration
feb     febrile
FH      family history
fr      from
FTR     father
f/u     follow up
fx      fracture
GBS     Guillain Barre Syndrome
gen     general
GI      gastrointestinal
gm      gram
GR-FR   grandfather
GR-MO   grandmother
gtt     drop(s)
h/a headache
HBP high blood pressure
hct hematocrit
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
hep hepatitis
hgb hemoglobin
hlth health
HLV     herpes-like virus
h/o history of
hosp hospital
hr hour, hours
HTN hypertension
husb husband
hx history
ICU intensive care unit
ID identification, identified
Ig immunoglobulin
IgG immunoglobulin G
IM intramuscular
immed immediately
immun immunization
imp improved
inc increase
inflam. inflammation
infect  infection
IPV     injection
intermit intermittent
IPV inactivated poliovirus vaccine
ITP idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
IV intravenous
K potassium
kg kilogram
L left or liter
lab laboratory
lb pound, pounds
LDH lactic dehydrogenase
LMP last menstrual period
LOC level of consciousness or loss of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN/LVN Licensed practical or vocational nurse
lt left
LT Left Thigh
LUA left upper arm
lymphs lymphocytes
lytes electrolytes (Na, K, Cl, etc)
mbr member (of family)
mcg microgram
MD doctor, medical doctor
med(s) medication(s)
men meningitis
MFR manufacturer
mg milligram
mgm alternative abbreviation for milligram
min(s) minute(s)
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
MMR measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (or individual components of M, M, or R)
MN midnight
mod moderate
mon month, months
mono monocytes, mononucleosis
MTR mother
n/a not applicable, not available
neg negative
neuro neurologic
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
nl normal
# number
noc night
np nurse practicioner
npo nothing by mouth (nil per os)
NSAID(s) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug(s)
N & V nausea and vomiting
N,V, D nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
O2      oxygen
ofc     office
Om      otitis media
OTC     over the counter (medication)
oth     other
oz      ounce, ounces
P       pulse
p/      after
PA      physician's assistant
PC/TC   phone call or telephone call
PCN     Penicillin
PDD     Pervasive Developmental Delay
PE physical exam
ped pediatrician
peds pediatrics
PERRL pupils equal, round, reactive to light
PERRLA pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation
PET     positron-emission tomography
pH      hydrogen ion concentration (acidity/alkalinity)
pharm.  pharmacy
PharmD  doctor of pharmacy
phenobarb phenobarbital
PHN     public health nurse
PMD private medical doctor
PN      practical nurse
PNP     pediatric nurse practitioner
PO      by mouth
pos     positive
poss    possible
PPD     purified protein derivative
pr      per rectum
pred    prednisone
prev    previous
PRN     as needed
pt(s)   patient, patients
PT      prothrombin. time
PTT     partial thromboplastin time
PVT     private
q       every
QID     four times a day
qtr     quarter
R       respiration or right
RBC     red blood cell
recv    received, receives, receive
rehab   rehabilitation
resp    respiratory
RIG     rabies immune globulin
RN      registered nurse
r/o     rule out
ROM     range of motion
rpt     report or reported
rt      right
RT      Right Thigh
R/T     related to
RTC     return to clinic
RUA right upper arm
rx therapy; treatment; medication (i.e., pt's rx = tylenol)
rxn     reaction, reactions
SC      subcutaneous
sec     second, seconds
sed rate sedimentation rate
SG      specific gravity
SGOT    serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (also AST)
SGPT    serum glutamic pyravic transaminase (also ALT)
SHC     state health coordinator
sib     sibling, siblings
SIDS    sudden infant death syndrome
sl      slight, slightly
SMA     sequential multiple analyzer (series of blood chemistries)
SOB     shortness of breath
S & S signs & symptoms
s/sx signs & symptoms
stat immediately
std standard
Sx symptom, symptoms, sign, signs
synd syndrome
sz seizure, seized, seizures
T temperature (Fahrenheit)
tab tablet, tablets
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon, tablespoons
TC/PC telephone call or phone call
TD adult tetanus and diphtheria toxoid
temp temperature
TID three times a day
TOPV trivalent oral polio vaccine
tox toxic, toxoid, toxicology (as in toxicology screen)
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
trach tracheostomy
tsp teaspoon, teaspoons
Ttox tetanus toxoid
TTP thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
tx treatment, treatments, treated
u units, unit
ur urine
UA urinalysis
unk unknown
URI upper respiratory infection
USP United States Pharmacopeia (standard)
UTI urinary tract infection
V vomiting
vax vaccine, vaccines
v fib ventricular fibrillation
VS vital signs (temperature, pulse, resp, blood pressure)
VSS vital signs stable
v tach ventricular tachycardia
VZIG varicella zoster immune globulin
w/ with
w/o without
w/u work up
WBC white blood cell
wk week, weeks
WNL within normal limits
wt weight
x/ except
yr year, years
@ at
& and
-> causes to , resulting in, showed, to the right, progressing toward
<- resulting from, to the left
greater than

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