Wednesday , March 3 2021

Santos wants to vaccinate 4,000 students against HPV

At least 3,985 students in municipal schools in Santos, aged 9 to 13, who should have a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), have not yet received protection. The virus is responsible for a large number of crayfish, such as cervix, vulva, vagina, penis and oropharyrx. The number represents one third of all students in the Santista network who need to be immunized.

Findings from the Health program at school, developed jointly by municipal departments for health and education to monitor diseases in the school environment of health units. According to one of the program coordinators, Ercille Wiggert, Town Hall Techists were based on statistics of an electronic health record of those who were immunized in a clinic.

"Then we surpassed the data with 39 schools in the municipal network and reached the number of students who were not vaccinated or not registered in the municipal system," explains.

With this information, "the school sent a note to each parent, so they had a deadline to update children's books. After the holidays, after a while, four temporary agents will begin to visit schools to call them," she adds.

Difficult solution

It is not the first time that The Tribune has noticed the difficulties in meeting the objective of vaccination against HPV. In the official vaccination calendar that was introduced in 2015, HPV vaccination is one of those with the lowest adherence rate. It is recommended for boys from 11 to 14 years and girls from 9 to 14. In Baixada Santista, coverage is only 11,27% of the target. The target is 80%.

According to the health department, the target population is 20,428 young people – 12,596 girls and 7,832 boys. From January to August this year we used 7,587 doses of vaccine. Among girls aged 9 to 14, the first dose was 2 207 (coverage 16.4%) and 1,648 vaccinated with another (13%). In boys aged 11 to 14, 2,028 took the first dose (25.8%) and 1.844, the other (23.5%).

For professionals, low compliance with HPV vaccination is due to the lack of information resulting from sporadic reactions to the vaccine. For example, episodes in Bertioga, when students requested a dose of a dose.

According to Ercille, many parents are afraid that the vaccine would be a fear of promoting the sexual life of children. "This is one of the reasons. The other is that there are more natural doctors who do not support the vaccine and have advised mothers not to split their children," explains the Health Program coordinator at the school.

She requires the cooperation of the parents. "We need their help, so they can respond to the message sent by the school and do not have to be scared." The vaccine will help prevent future problems, that is, to prevent cancer of the cervical cervix, it's the same vaccine in a private clinic, "he said.

Nurse Alex Charleaux Amorim, Technical Director of the Santos Center for Immunization, notes that "there is a phenomenon of warts that occurs 15 years after contamination. How to get the vaccine as soon as possible is best to prevent the disease."


For the Vice President of the Brazilian Immunization Association (SBIm), pediatric Renato Kfouri, who is sexually transmitted by HPV, there are those who fear this vaccine.

"It's a cancer vaccine, and people who care that they will not be vaccinated for sex. That's a big disinformation," she says.

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