At least 3,985 students in urban schools in Santos aged 9 to 13, who should have been vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), have not yet received protection. The virus is responsible for a large number of cancers, such as the cervix, vagina, vagina, penis and digestion. The number represents a third of all Santista network students who need to be immunized.
According to one of the program's centers, Arsilla Wigert, the city's technicians relied on the electronic medical records of those who were vaccinated In the clinics.
"So we crossed the data with 39 schools in the municipal network and we reached the number of students who were not vaccinated or were not registered in the municipal system," he explains.
With this information, "The school sent each parent a note, so they had a deadline to update their children's books, and it would end after the holiday, when four agents would start visiting schools to collect these data."
A difficult solution
This is not the first time that the Tribune has noticed difficulties in fulfilling the HPV vaccine. In the official vaccination calendar in 2015, the vaccine against the HPV virus is one of those with the lowest adherence. It is recommended that boys from 11 to 14 years old and girls from 9 to 14. In Baixada Santista, the coverage is only 11.27% of the target. The goal is 80%.
According to the Health Department, the target population is 20,428 young people – 12,596 girls and 8,832 boys. In January-August of this year, 7,587 doses of vaccine were applied. Among girls aged 9-14 years, 2,067 were the first dose (coverage of 16.4%) and 1,648 vaccinated with the other (13%). Among boys aged 11-14, 2,028 received the first dose (25.8%) and 1,844, the second (23.5%).
For experts, the low adherence to the HPV vaccine is the result of lack of information resulting from sporadic responses to the vaccine. For example, Bartyoga episodes, when students claimed in response to a dose.
According to Arkilla, many parents are afraid to give the vaccine for fear of stimulating the sex life of children. The second is that there is a trend of more natural physicians who are not in favor of vaccines and advised mothers not to vaccinate their children, "explains the coordinator of the school's health program.
She seeks the cooperation of her parents. "We need their help so that they can respond to the note that came to school, and there's no need to be afraid," he says.
"In the literature, there is a case of warts occurring 15 years after the infection," said Alex Bello, the technical director of the Santos vaccine center, noting that "receiving the vaccine as soon as possible should prevent the disease."
For the vice president of the Brazilian Association for Immunization (SBI), pediatrician Renato Kafouri, as HPV is sexually transmitted, there are those who fear the vaccine for it.
"It's a cancer vaccine, and people are worried that they will not be vaccinated because of sex," he says.