Update from the Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (ÖGGG)

According to recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), every contact of citizens with health care systems shall be used to re-evaluate the individual vaccination status and to make up for missing doses. The Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (ÖGGG) clearly commits to this recommendation (1). On a yearly basis the Austrian Ministry of Health (BMGF) publishes recommendations for preventive vaccination, clustered to type of vaccine as well as age.

In this context older subjects are recommended to receive vaccination or boosters against pneumococcal infections, the flue, tick born encephalitis and herpes zoster in addition to vaccines from childhood and early adult age (see table 1 for advanced age vaccination recommended in Austria).

Table 1: presents latest recommendations released by the Austrian ministry of health for vaccination in advanced age

  Vaccine   Scheme to be followed
 

Pneumococcal Infection

 Two dosages 50 yrs up (PNC13 followed by PPV23 after one   year) no boostering recommended at the moment
 

Influenza

Yearly, 60 yrs up intradermal vaccines or such with adjuvants to be preferred
 

Tick born encephalitis

Started during childhood, booster vaccination every five years up to and including 60 yrs, every three years 61 yrs up (with a seasonal timing late winter)
 

Herpes Zoster

Single dose application 50 yrs up.
 

Tetanus, Pertussis, Diphtheria

Started during childhood, boostering every 10 yrs up to 60 yrs, every five yrs 61 yrs up

 

The Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (ÖGGG) strongly supports evidence based preventive measures to ensure an active and healthy ageing life course approach for society. In this context dissemination of knowledge throughout life educational events, support in expert panels and also translation of scientific evidence to lay audience and advocacy for older people are major objectives of ÖGGG. Building bridges and networks together with international partners and under the umbrella and guidance of IFA are in the future focus of ÖGGG.

References

  1. https://www.bmgf.gv.at/home/Impfplan