Recommended from the 9th to the 21st birthday. What is HPV? This is the abbreviation for human papilloma viruses. It is a larger group of viruses that cause inflammation and skin changes in the genital area. The viruses cause malignant diseases, especially cervical cancer, other cancers in the genital area and in the mouth and throat. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in women with cancer. Human papilloma viruses are transmitted through direct contact of the mucous membranes. The risk is the same for women and men, so vaccination makes sense for both girls and boys.
The vaccination provides optimal protection if it is administered before the first sexual contacts. Vaccination recommendations for children and adolescents. The HPV vaccination belongs to 1 February 2023 for persons from the 9th to the 21st birthday to the free child vaccination programme in Austria.. The administration of 2 doses is required. If HPV vaccinations have been missed, they should be given as soon as possible. A total of 2 vaccinations are sufficient up to the 21st birthday, and 3 vaccinations are necessary from the 21st birthday onwards.
Vaccination schedule from the 9th to the 21st birthday:
1st vaccination: from the 9th birthday
2nd vaccination: At the earliest 6 months (up to 12 months) after the 1st vaccination
For persons aged 15-21 years, the 2-dose vaccination schedule is recommended off-label according to Impfplan Österreich. If the 2nd dose was administered earlier than 5 months after the first dose, a 3rd dose is always necessary (6-8 months apart).
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