Human papillomavirus vaccine. Statement of the Advisory Committee of Immunizations on Behalf of the Chilean Infectious Diseases Society. September 2008

Katia Abarca V, M. Teresa Valenzuela B, Rodrigo Vergara F, Vivian Luchsinger F, Alma Muñoz M, Jorge Jiménez de la J, Erna Ripoll M, Miguel O'Ryan G

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Abstract

This article briefly reviews the epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and associated diseases globally and in Chile, and the scientific information of the licensed HPV vaccines: Gardasil® and Cervarix®. Considering the available information, the Advisory Committee on Immunizations of the Chilean Society of Infectious Diseases recommends vaccination of teenage girls, ideally before initiating sexual activity, i.e. approximately at the age of 12 to 13 years and vaccination of women of any age if they have not started sexual activity. If women are vaccinated after initiating sexual activity, they should be informed of the lower efficacy of immunization if HPV infection has occurred. Education on responsible sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases should be maintained as a priority. Vaccination should be highly considered for inclusion in the National Immunization Program (Rev Méd Chile 2008; 136: 1485-92).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1485-1492
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Volume136
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Human papilloma virus
  • Oncogenic viruses
  • Uterine cervical neoplasms

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