In Peru, due to the pandemic by COVID-19, various risk groups were affected by the low coverage of their vaccination scheme, among them girls, who before the health emergency were immunized in their educational centers against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cancer cervical, one of the types of cancer that most affects Peruvian women.

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According to figures from the Ministry of Health, in 2020 the goal was to vaccinate more than 229 thousand girls between the ages of 9 and 13, which had to be immunized with the 2 doses of the vaccine. However, only 45 thousand girls completed their doses, that is, 19.86% girls nationwide would be protected against this virus, according to the report of the National Repository of Health Information (REUNIS) of the Ministry of Health.

“The pandemic would have complicated the cancer situation in our country. Although cervical cancer is one of the neoplasms that most affects Peruvian women, it could be avoided through annual examinations and vaccination. However, the current health emergency has resulted in more than 85% of girls between 9 and 13 years old not completing their second dose of the HPV vaccine, they could be at risk of developing cervical cancer in the future. For this reason, I call on the parents of these girls so that they can vaccinate them in any of the public health centers ”, noted Dr. Gilmar Grisson.

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The HPV vaccine is given free of charge to girls between the ages of 9 and 13 in two doses over a 6-month period. This vaccine protects against HPV types 16 and 18, which are mainly responsible for cervical cancer and other types of cancers. In addition, the vaccine also protects against HPV types 6 and 11, responsible for 90% of genital warts.

All parents can vaccinate their daughters by scheduling appointments in more than 8,000 MINSA health establishments, which have been authorized to restart vaccination. To do so, they must go protected, wearing masks and face shields, to the health center closest to their home to schedule the appointment. Do not forget to present the ID of the girl to be vaccinated.

Parents who wish to vaccinate their daughters or sons, and are not in the free vaccination group, they can approach private vaccination centers or clinics.

GIVEN:

99.9% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV. In Peru, in 2020 alone, 4,270 new cases and 2,288 deaths were registered due to this disease, cases that could be avoided through vaccination and preventive check-ups.

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