Vaccination programme against seasonal influenza (Grippe)

A young woman lying in bed looking at a clinical thermometer

Every winter many people fall sick with seasonal influenza, a virus disease with high temperature. The virus can be spread from person to person by droplets that get into the air when people cough, sneeze or talk, or when you touch your mouth, nose or eyes with contaminated hands.

The symptoms of influenza include a feeling of sudden sickness, high temperature, cough, headache, as well as muscle and body ache. It can also lead to complications like pneumonia or myocarditis and in the worst case turn deadly.

Effective measures to contain the spread of seasonal influenza include washing your hands regularly, never touching your face with unwashed hands, and getting vaccinated.

In 2020/2021, the vaccination against seasonal influenza was available free of charge for everyone living in Vienna, and for the staff of all medical or social welfare facilities. The primary focus was on the elderly generation (65+), people suffering from chronic diseases, and medical staff, in order to reduce their additional risk of contracting seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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