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Information about the HPV vaccination campaign

HPV vaccination campaign – February 2023

From 1 February 2023, the HPV vaccination is part of the Austrian programme for the free-of-charge vaccination of all children and young people between the ages of 9 and 21 (with the 21st birthday as cut-off date). Two doses are required for immunisation.

Participating vaccination centre

• Impfservice Town Town (Thomas-Klestil-Platz 8/2, 1030 Vienna)

Vaccine used

Gardasil 9

• This vaccine is administered for preventive protection against diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) of the types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58.

• Administration: intramuscular, preferably into the upper arm muscle; dosage: 1 dose contains 0.5 ml.

Frequent side effects

Headache and temporary redness, pain or swelling at the injection site.

Vaccination schedule

• From the 9th to the 21st birthday: two separate vaccinations: 1+1, with at least 6 months between shots – free of charge.

• From the 21st birthday: three separate vaccinations: 1+1+1, with the second dose at least 2 months after the first and the third dose at least 6 months after the second – against payment.

FAQ

What is HPV (human papillomavirus)?

HPV, or human papillomavirus, actually refers to a larger group of viruses that can cause inflammations and changes in the skin of the genital area, such as genital warts. Moreover, the virus can trigger malignant diseases, primarily cervical cancer and other types of cancer in the genital area and in the mouth and throat. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer worldwide and takes third place among causes of death in female cancer sufferers.

Human papillomavirus is transmitted through direct contact with the mucous membrane, e.g. during sexual intercourse or birth. The risk is just as high for women as it is for men; hence, the vaccination is advisable for both girls and boys. Where possible, the vaccination should be administered prior to a person’s first sexual contact.

Vaccination advice for children and young people

HPV – from the 9th to the 21st birthday

From 1 February 2023, the HPV vaccination is part of the Austrian programme for the free-of-charge vaccination of all children and young people between the ages of 9 and 21 (with the 21st birthday as cut-off date). Two doses are required for immunisation.

While a person can also be vaccinated at a later date, the vaccination is no longer free of charge but must be paid for.

In addition, missed vaccinations can also be taken at doctor’s surgeries in the context of a vaccination campaign of the Austrian Medical Chamber and the Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists (source: Austrian Vaccination Plan for 2022). For more information, visit the website of the Austrian Medical Chamber (German) and the relevant webpage of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (German).

Vaccination schedule from the 9th to the 21st birthday:

First dose: after the 9th birthday
Second dose: not earlier than 6 months (up to 12 months) after the first dose

For persons aged 15 to 21 years, the Austrian Vaccination Plan recommends an off-label two-dose vaccination schedule.

If the second dose was given earlier than 5 months after the first, a third dose is always required (at an interval of 6 to 8 months).

Vaccination schedule for persons aged 21 years and older as well as for immunosuppressed persons

Starting with the 21st birthday, a three-dose HPV vaccination schedule is recommended to ensure equivalent individual protection: second dose 2 months after the first dose; third dose 6 to 8 months after the second dose. A longer interval between the second and third doses optimises antibody production and long-term immunisation. However, the vaccination schedule should in any case be completed within the period of one year.

For immunosuppressed and immunoincompetent persons, the three-dose schedule applies regardless of age.

Missed appointments for HPV vaccinations?

If HPV9 vaccination appointments were missed, the doses should be taken as soon as possible; until the 21st birthday, a total of two separate shots is sufficient; after the 21st birthday, three shots are required. If a person has only been given one HPV4 vaccination, persons under 20 years of age should receive two HPV9 vaccinations subsequently.
The vaccination offers protection against roughly 90% of HPV types causing cervical cancer. The level of protection for these types is practically total. Studies conducted so far show that the protection afforded by the vaccination lasts very long; at the moment, there are no recommendations for a booster vaccination.

List of doctor’s surgeries participating in the child vaccination campaign

What about an HPV vaccination for adults aged 21 years and older or boosters?

Persons aged 21 years and older can get their vaccination (which must be paid for!) preferably at doctor’s surgeries.

Persons aged 21 years and older can also have their vaccination at the Town Town vaccination centre (in this case, you must bring the vaccine with you). Appointments for HPV vaccinations and boosters can be booked as standard and booster vaccinations.

We are at your disposal for advice regarding the vaccinations that make most sense for you!
Book an appointment online or by calling the Vaccination Service of the City of Vienna (Impfservice der Stadt Wien) at +43 1 1450