Four years have passed since the Ministry of Health (Minsal) included in its mandatory immunization program, the vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), in girls aged 9 and 10 years.
But today it is the intention to expand coverage with children, given that they want to reach the entire spectrum of diseases caused by this virus and not just cervical cancer, "said Cecilia González, head of the National Immunization Program of the Ministry of Health, in his presentation in the "Course on vaccines: a powerful tool of justice", organized by the Chilean society of infectious diseases (Sochinf) and held at the U. San Sebastián.
The Minsal representative said that they have presented their 2019 enlargement project to the Ministry of Finance, including vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in children. "It is currently under review and hopefully we can receive the money to vaccinate the fourth graders from the second semester of 2019."
For the infectious pediatrician and coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Immunization of Sochinf, Marcela Potin, the final vaccination of children is a good decision. "The human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease of the viral type in men and women, so much, it is extraordinary that we can also take them."
Besides the vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus against children, it is also expected that it has the funds to the Hepatitis B in the newborn "This virus is usually transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and the consequences are that they get liver cancer in the long term, but vaccines that prevent cancer progress are Hepatitis B and HPV," Gonzalez said.
But also because Chile is still a country where epidemiology shows that the bacteria of the meningococcus produces mortality in infants, is expected to use this vaccine with doses at 2 and 4 months, maintaining the year, declared the Minsal representative.
Pedro Usedo, head of the Infectious Disease Unit at the Regional Hospital of Antofagasta, said that "control of sexually transmitted diseases in Chile was a failure from an epidemiological point of view."
To which he added that "we are the worst country in Latin America in the control of HIV Hepatitis B, syphilis, gonorrhea and the Human Papilloma Virus are also sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to our endemic lifestyle it has been changed by factors such as the change of our youth or the migration phenomenon (…) than with these new extensions of the spectrum of vaccines, we respond to these needs, "concluded the specialist.