Ministry of Health expands hpv vaccine age group

The Ministry of Health is expanding the age group for vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV), usedin the prevention of cervical cancer. In 2014, girls from 11 to 13 years will receive the first two doses necessary for immunization, the initial dose and the second six months later. The third dose should be applied five years after the first.

With the adoption of the extended scheme, as it is called, it will be possible to expand the offer of the vaccine, from 2015, to pre-adolescents between 9 and 11 years of age, at no additional cost. Thus, four age groups will benefit, making it possible to immunize the target population (9 to 13 years). The modification in the vaccination scheme was announced on Wednesday (18) by the Secretary of Health Surveillance, The Ministry of Health, Jarbas Barbosa, during a ceremony of 40 years of the National Immunization Program (PNI), in Brasilia.

“The extended vaccination scheme adopted has two major advantages. The first is that it makes it possible to achieve vaccination coverage quickly with the administration of both doses. Another benefit is that the third dose, five years later, acts as a booster, prolonging the protective effect against the disease.” The Ministry of Health is investing R 154 million. In addition, the production of immunobiologicals will have an investment of R 72.6 million. Of the total, 78% were in the priority age group. Last year, the investment in the care and expansion of cancer treatment services in the public health network was R$ 2.4 billion, 26% higher than in 2010.

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