At all local doctor’s surgeries (general physicians, specialist doctors, private doctors) if they participate in the 2022/23 flu shot programme. A list of all participating doctors can be found on the website of the Vienna Medical Chamber. Alternatively, you can contact your local doctor directly and inquire if they participate.
The flu, also called influenza, is a virus infection. It usually starts out with a sudden high fever, a cough, muscle pains, joint pains, headaches, and a general feeling of weakness. Especially persons with a compromised immune system or elderly people may experience a worsening of existing chronic diseases, such as asthma or heart diseases. Moreover, other symptoms may develop on top of existing diseases, such as pneumonia or heart muscle inflammation. These afflictions may even lead to death.
It is important to distinguish between a real flu (influenza) and a flu-like infection. During a flu-like infection, fever is usually milder, and the progression is faster and less severe.
The real flu can be treated with specific drugs within 48 hours, which hamper the reproduction of the influenza viruses. This treatment can prevent a severe progression of the disease, but not the infection itself.
The influenza virus is transmitted via droplet infection, especially through coughing and sneezing. It can also be transmitted via the hands. It usually only takes a few days from the point of infection to the first expression of symptoms.
The following overview shows the symptoms of a flu-like infection compared to those of the seasonal flu. Please note that this is only a summary-like overview. Only a doctor can diagnose you with certainty.
|Flu-like infection (common cold)||Seasonal influenza (flu)|
|First symptoms||Usually gradual symptoms such as shivers, runny nose, and a sore throat||Sudden high fever with a dry cough, cold, headaches, muscle- and joint aches as well as feeling very unwell, loss of appetite, severe fatigue|
|Temperature||Fever, though mostly mild or none||Typically 38-41°C (100.5 – 105.9 degrees Fahrenheit)|
|Pathogen||Usually different viruses (>200), such as rhinovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza virus, and respiratory syncytial virus||Different types of influenza A and B|
|Occurence||Year round, more frequently during the cold period of the year||Seasonally in winter, especially December through April|
|Complications||Rare||Esp. pneumonia, particularly for patients with pre-existing conditions, possible deathly outcome|
|Vaccination||no||Yes, annually before flu season|
|Routes of transmission
||Esp. droplet infection (speaking, coughing, sneezing), but also contaminated items (such as door handles)||Esp. droplet infection (speaking, coughing, sneezing), but also contaminated items (such as door handles)|
|Treatment of a straightforward case
||Treatment of symptoms||Treatment of symptoms, possibly antiviral drugs|
In the vaccination centres of the City of Vienna, the campaign starts on 2 November 2022 and will end in late December 2022; local doctors will participate in the campaign until late March 2023.
All persons aged 6 months or older who live, work, or go to school in Vienna, can get vaccinated. Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or bring a declaration of consent signed by a legal guardian.
Please arrive at the vaccination centre 10 minutes before your appointment, so the administrative aspects can be handled beforehand.
The following influenza vaccines will be administered:
The attending physician chooses the vaccine on site and then administers it.
Please note that not all vaccines might be available at all vaccination centres.
Pregnant persons are at high risk of catching the flu. The flu shot is recommended as it protects both the pregnant person and the new-born before and during flu season. It is strongly encouraged that you get your flu shot if you are in the second or third trimester of your pregnancy.
It is possible and sensible to administer the Covid-19 vaccine simultaneously with other activated or inactivated vaccines (such as the influenza vaccine). Please note that the attending physician is responsible – after agreeing with the patient – for making the final decision for or against a combined vaccination.
According to the national and international guidelines, a mild to moderate egg protein allergy is no hinderance to receiving vaccines that contain egg protein (with the exception of yellow fever, see below). Numerous scientific studies have shown a good tolerance of the influenza vaccines in persons with egg protein allergies. Therefore, such vaccines may be administered if the patient stays for an observation period of 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Egg protein allergy is the second most common food allergy among infants and usually disappears as early as school age. The EU threshold value for egg protein contained in vaccines that are considered safe for persons with allergies is 2 μg. This threshold value is only exceeded in the yellow fever vaccine; all other currently approved vaccines contain less than 1 μg per dose, often even only nanograms. However, if you had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis from ingesting egg protein or from one of the available vaccines in the past, it may not be able to get your vaccination at this point. Please bring any doctors’ reports or other documents you have about this to your appointment.