What is HPV?
HPV is short for human papilloma virus. It refers to a larger group of viruses which can lead to inflammation and changes in the skin in the genital area, such as genital warts. The virus can also cause malignant diseases, primarily cervical cancer, other types of cancer in the genital region and in the mouth and throat. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the world. It is the third cause of death among women suffering from cancer .
The human papilloma virus is transmitted through direct contact with mucous membranes, such as during intercourse or birth. The risk is just as high for women as it is for men, which is why the vaccination is advisable for both girls and boys. The vaccination should be administered prior to the first sexual contact where possible.
Vaccination advice for children and young people
The HPV vaccination is part of the free child vaccination programme in Austria for 9 – 11 year old children (between their ninth and twelfth birthday).
HPV – from 9th to 12th birthday:
Those children who turned 12 during the lockdown in spring 2020 or the closed public vaccination centers and therefore no longer fall into the conditions for free HPV vaccination through no fault of their own, can make up for this missed HPV vaccination free of charge up to and including July 2020.
The vaccination can also be administered at a later date. In this case, the vaccination must be paid for. Children between 12 and 15 years of age can receive the vaccination at Public Health Services of the City of Vienna public vaccination centres at a favourable cost price rate.
HPV – from 12th to 15th birthday:
For the duration of the pandemic, HPV catch-up vaccinations will also be offered to young people up to the age of 16 at a reduced cost price of € 62.70 plus € 10.10 vaccination fee. This catch-up vaccination is only available in the Town Town vaccination service. According to the recommendation of the Austria 2020 vaccination plan, a total of 3 doses of the HPV vaccine apply from the age of 15: 1st dose, 2nd dose 2 months after the 1st dose, 3rd dose 6 to 12 months after the 2nd Dose (also at a reduced price).
Vaccination scheduleFirst Vaccination: After their ninth birthday
Second vaccination: No earlier than 6-12 months after the first vaccination
Vaccination advice for adults and young people (from 15 years of age)
You can catch up on the HPV vaccination at any time.
First vaccination: Any time
Second vaccination: No earlier than 2 months after the first vaccination abr>Third vaccination: 6 months after the second vaccination
All 3 vaccinations should be adminstered within a period of one year.
The vaccination provides protection against 90% of types of HPV which cause cervical cancer. The level of protection for this type is 100%. Previous examinations show: The protection provided by the vaccination lasts for a long time and there is no recommendation for any booster vaccinations at this moment in time.
Information and consultancy service
Are you 15 or older and want to protect yourself against HPV? Why not discuss it with your GP or gynaecologist!
Want to protect your child against HPV?
We would be happy to help you decide which vaccinations are best for you!
Book an appointment onlineor make an appointment on the phone with the City of Vienna vaccination service: Tel. +43 1 / 4000 – 8015