Definitions of
commonly used vaccination words/phrases


AAP : American Academy of Pediatrics
ACIP: Advisory Committee on Imunization Practices
AMA: American Medical Association
Anecdote: a short account of some happening, usually personal or biographical; not considered to constitute evidence
Anti-vaccination: a term used to denote those who oppose vaccination
CDC: Centers for Disease Control
Comvax: Combined hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B vaccine
DTaP: diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
MMR: measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine
Morbidity: the quality or state of being unhealthy or ill
Mortality: death in a given time, place, or situation
Monovalent vaccine: denotes a single antigen vaccine i.e. mumps vaccine. When someone refers to "single" MMR, they are referring to the monovalent vaccines - measles, mumps, and rubella.
MSG: monosodium glutamate
Trivalent vaccine: usually denotes MMR vaccine or DTaP vaccine.
Varivax: the chickenpox vaccine
VPD: vaccine preventable disease


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