Today there will be a free vaccine against cervical cancer in Bogotá – Bogotá

The District Department of Health, with the support of the Colombian League Against Cancer, is carrying out a new day of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) this Saturday. one of the effective measures to prevent the development of cervical cancer, biological that is applied free of charge to girls and adolescents between 9 and 17 years of age.

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Taking into account that cervical cancer is one of the main causes of death for women in Bogotá and there is a vaccine to prevent it, the entity calls on mothers, fathers and caregivers of minors between these ages, to come without an appointment. to any of the more than 200 permanent vaccination points and to 10 shopping centers in strategic locations in the city.

The goal is to immunize a total of 47,156 girls and adolescents. As of June 5, in the capital 7,926 girls have been vaccinated against HPV with first doses and 1,797 with second doses.

Two doses of the vaccine await these girls and adolescents, which must be applied six months apart from each other, offering broad protection against this virus that can cause cancer, warts and other complications.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) are common viruses that can cause warts. There are more than 100 types of HPV, most are harmless, but about 30 are associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer.

The vaccine that is currently distributed free of charge in the country for the population included in the Expanded Program on Immunizations (PAI), provides protection against types 6 and 11, which are more closely related to the presence of warts, which are painful and very contagious; also, against types 16 and 18, which produce cancerous lesions.

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