HPV Vaccination in Sao Paulo Brazil March 2014
Brazil plans to vaccinate 5.2 million adolescent girls ages 11 to 13, or more than 20% of all girls in this age group in the Americas. In 2015, Brazil plans to expand the target group to girls 9 to 11, and starting in 2016 to 9-year-old girls. The vaccinations are being given at public and private schools and in the 36,000 vaccination centers of the national health system.
Achieving high rates of coverage is important for the vaccine to fulfill its protective potential. But girls who have been vaccinated should also continue to get cervical cancer screening later in life. Brazil recommends preventive gynecological checkups for early cervical cancer detection for all women starting at age 25.