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Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Shortages/main page

Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Shortages/main page

Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays

Last Updated July 30, 2014

This web page contains the latest national information about vaccine supplies and provides guidance to healthcare providers who are facing vaccine shortages or delays.
*Note: Only those vaccines included on the recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule are included in this update.

Chart of Vaccines* in Delay or Shortage

Vaccines are listed in order used for the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.
National Vaccine Supply Shortages
Temporary Change From Routine Recommendation
Hepatitis BNo
See note 1
No change in Routine Recommendations
May 2010
Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP and Tdap)See note 2
Updated Sep 2013
No change in Routine Recommendations
Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)No
See note 1
No change in Routine Recommendations
Pneumococcal Conjugated (PCV)No
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPV)No
Inactivated Polio (IPV)No
Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)See note 3See Q&As about monovalent M-M-R vaccines Oct 2009
InfluenzaNoSee current information about influenza
Hepatitis ANo
Conjugated Meningococcal (MCV4)No
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)No
Note1Merck has decided to discontinue production of COMVAX® (Hib-Hep B) vaccine, and has ample supply of PedvaxHIB® and RECOMBIVAX HB® to meet the historical demand for these products as well as COMVAX®.  The vaccine can still be purchased directly from Merck, as well as through wholesalers and physician distributors, until all supplies have been depleted.  COMVAX will not be available for purchase directly from Merck after December 31, 2014. NEW JUL 2014
Note2Sanofi Pasteur has lifted allocations for Pentacel and Daptacel vaccines, as well as for Adacel syringes.  VFC and provider providers are now able to order these vaccines as needed.  Sanofi anticipates ordering limitations for Adacel vials will be lifted by mid-August.  GSK continues to have sufficient supply of Pediarix, Boostrix, Infanrix, and Kinrix to cover the anticipated demand levels of its pertussis-containing vaccines, although presentation preference may be impacted on occasion. UPDATED JUL 2014
Note3Based on input from the ACIP, professional societies, scientific leaders, and customers on October 26, 2009 Merck announced the company has decided not to resume production of ATTENUVAX® (Measles Virus Vaccine Live), MUMPSVAX® (Mumps Virus Vaccine Live), and MERUVAX®II (Rubella Virus Vaccine Live). This science-based decision will support vaccination of the largest group of appropriate individuals. Updated Jan 2010

Why are there vaccine shortages?

In the United States shortages of many vaccines in the recommended childhood immunization schedule occurred in the past. Some of these shortages were widespread while others were localized. Reasons for these shortages were multi-factorial and included companies leaving the vaccine market, manufacturing or production problems, and insufficient stockpiles. Consequently, some shortages were only specific to one manufacturer.
Shortages of several of these vaccines necessitated temporary changes in recommendations for their use. During that period, summary information about the shortages including projected duration and recommendations for temporary changes in the childhood immunization schedule were provided.

Who can I contact to answer my questions?

  • Questions including those dealing with changes in child care and school requirements necessitated by vaccine supply problems when they occur can be answered by State Health Department immunization programs.
  • General immunization questions can be answered by
    The CDC Contact Center at 1-800-CDC-INFO 
    (1-800-232-4636) English and Español

How often will this information be updated?

This vaccines shortages page on CDC's Vaccines & Immunizations site is updated as needed to provide public information on vaccine shortages and/or delays.
The FDA's web page on Biological Product ShortagesExternal Web Site Icon provides additional information regarding regulatory issues related to vaccine supply.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Those acronyms and abbrevations not already spelled out above include
  • AAFP - American Academy of Family Physicians
  • AAP - American Academy of Pediatrics
  • ACIP - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
  • CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • FDA - Food and Drug Administration
  • GAO - United States General Accounting Office
  • GSK - GlaxoSmithKline
  • MMRV - Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella combination vaccine
  • MMWR - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • NCIRD - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
  • TTY - teletypewriter
  • Other acronyms

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