Health will vaccinate children against papilloma after the summer

The health department will start to vaccinate children versus human papillomavirus (HPV). It will be after the summer, from September or October, and thus it will respect the recommendations that learned societies have been issuing for years.

This was advanced by Minister Miguel Mínguez, who heads this department, during an interview in Levante-EMVthe first granted to a media since taking office and that this newspaper offered yesterday.

Although the enlargement from childhood vaccination schedule in the sense that it has been considering for years, the debate returned strongly to the public agenda last May, when the Generalitat of Catalonia announced that it would include, from the next academic year, the vaccine against HPV also for children aged 11 and 12 with the aim of advancing against the prevention of the virus.

This news caused many reactions by the rest of the autonomous communities, also by the Ministry of Health, which was still in the hands of Ana Barceló. The answer then was that we had to wait until there was a national consensus. “This is decided in the vaccine report and we are waiting to see what this body decides regarding all the scientific evidence and what is discussed in the Interterritorial Health Council,” sources from the region explained to this newspaper on May 7th.

Prolong vaccination

Since his first appearance in the Corts as head of health, Miguel Mínguez has advocated prolong vaccination against HPV to all children. At that time he announced that the Valencian Community was going to request in the presentation of the vaccine and to the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) the incorporation of the vaccine against the papillomavirus, which is now not funded only for girls, for children from 12 years old.

“The scientific evidence is already strong enough to recommend its administration”

Miguel Mínguez – Minister of Health

“The scientific evidence is already strong enough recommend its administration also in children and this is the position that we will defend before the Ministry of Health to extend the vaccination as soon as possible, “he assured. And so it was. the precise date, everything indicates that the proposal of the Valencian government It will be launched in a few months.

A common virus

The human papillomavirus is very common and the main route of transmission is sexual, pointed out in a statement from the department headed by Mínguez. In fact, the 80% of people they are in contact with it throughout their lives and most of them are unaware that they are carriers, they explain.

The papilloma virus is very common and the main route of transmission is sexual

Although the infection usually has no symptoms and they usually go away on their own, around the 20% of cases progress to stages of cancer cervix, according to the ministry. Those who qualify as ‘high risk‘ can also produce malignant tumors in the vagina and vulva of women; penis in men and anus in both sexes.

Until now, in the Valencian Community, the papillomavirus vaccine is included in the vaccination schedule for children in 12 year old girls and the guideline is two doses (three if started after age 15). The numbers are getting higher and higher. As detailed by Health, in 2021 were administered 82,663 vaccinations against HPV (in 2020 there were 65,243 in total), representing an increase of 27%according to data recorded in the vaccine information system.

The debate on the inoculation of the vaccine also in the small It’s not new. The ace scientific societies it’s been years advise this change. Last November, the Valencian Society of Pediatrics (SVP) has already positioned itself in this regard in agreement with the Vaccine Committee (CAV) of the Spanish Pediatric Association (AEP).

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