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Information on HPV vaccination

HPV vaccination 2024

  • From 1 July 2024, HPV vaccination will be available free of charge to people aged between 9 and 30 years as part of the free childhood vaccination programme in Austria. The full course of HPV vaccination requires two doses. Free HPV vaccination for people up to their 30th birthday will be available until the end of 2025.
  • HPV vaccination for people who are older than 30 is provided at a charge (!) at the Town Town vaccination centre. In addition, HPV vaccination is also offered by many general practitioners in Vienna. Doctors taking part in Vienna’s vaccination programme

Participating vaccination centre

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

Vaccine used

Gardasil 9

  • The vaccine is given to prevent diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58.
  • The HPV vaccine is an intramuscular injection usually given into the upper arm; 1 dose contains 0.5 ml.

Common side effects

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

How to get vaccinated

  •  People aged 9 to 30 years get 2 doses: 1+1 given at least 6 months apart. Vaccination is available free of charge.
  • People older than 30 years get 3 doses: 1+1+1, with the second dose given at least 2 months after the first and the third dose given at least 6 months after the second one. Vaccination must be paid for. HPV vaccination is available free of charge up to a person’s 30th birthday.

 

FAQ

What is human papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is the name of a larger group of viruses which can cause inflammation or skin changes, such as genital warts. HPV can also cause malignant diseases, particularly cervical cancer and other cancers in the genital area and in the mouth and throat. Cervical cancer is the second-most common type of cancer in the world and the third-most common cause of cancer death in women. Human papillomavirus is spread through direct contact of mucous membranes, for example during sexual activity or when giving birth. As the risk of HPV infection affects women and men equally, getting the HPV vaccine is recommended for girls as well as boys. The vaccine is most effective when it is given before becoming sexually active.


Vaccination recommendation for children and young people

HPV – for people aged 9 to 30 years

From 1 July 2024, HPV vaccination will be available free of charge to people aged 9 to 30 years as part of the free childhood vaccination programme in Austria. The full course of HPV vaccination requires two doses.

It is also possible to get vaccinated at a later age. However, in that case the vaccination must be paid for privately.


Number of doses for people aged 9 to 30:

First dose: on or after the 9th birthday
Second dose: at least 6 months (to 12 months) after the first dose Under

Austria’s current immunisation schedule, the administration of two doses is recommended off-label for people aged 15 to 30 years.

If the second dose has been given earlier than 5 months after the first, the full course of vaccination always requires a third dose (given 6–8 months apart).


Number of doses for people over 30 and people with a weakened immune system

After their 30th birthday people should get 3 doses of HPV vaccine to achieve full immunisation, with the second dose given 2 months after the first and the third dose given 6–8 months after the second one. A longer interval between the second and third doses improves antibody formation and long-term immunity. However, the full course of vaccination should be completed within one year.

People with a weakened or deficient immune system should always receive 3 doses independent of their age.


Missed appointments for HPV vaccinations?

If you have missed any vaccinations with HPV9, make sure to catch up as soon as possible. For people under 30, 2 doses are sufficient to provide protection. People who are older than 30 need 3 doses. People who have been vaccinated with only one dose of HPV4 need 2 doses of HPV9 before their 30th birthday.

Doctors taking part in the childhood vaccination programme.


HPV vaccination for adults aged 30 or older and follow-up vaccinations

HPV vaccination for people who are older than 30 can be provided at a charge (!) at the Town Town vaccination centre. In addition, HPV vaccination is also offered by many general practitioners in Vienna (Doctors taking part in Vienna’s vaccination programme). You can book your appointments for HPV vaccinations and/or follow-up vaccinations by booking a general vaccination or consultation appointment.

We are happy to advise you which vaccinations are best for you!
Book an appointment online or call the City of Vienna’s Vaccination Service at +43 1 1450.

HPV vaccination for adults aged 30 or older and follow-up vaccinations

Yes, if you have got the first dose of HPV vaccine before your 30th birthday, all required follow-up vaccinations are free of charge, even if they are given after your 30th birthday. However, to be eligible you need to prove that you have got the first vaccination dose before your 30th birthday. Please note: HPV vaccinations that you have already paid for cannot be refunded.