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Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2015 Aug;38(2):163-6.

Paving pathways: Brazil's implementation of a national human papillomavirus immunization campaign.

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Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States,
Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.


In 2014, Brazil introduced an HPV immunization program for girls 9-13 years of age as part of the Unified Health System's (SUS) National Immunization Program. The first doses were administered in March 2014; the second ones, in September 2014. In less than 3 months more than 3 million girls received the first dose of quadrivalent HPV vaccine, surpassing the target rate of 80%. This paper examines three elements that may influence the program's long-term success in Brazil: sustaining effective outreach, managing a large technology-transfer collaboration, and developing an electronic immunization registry, with a focus on the State of São Paulo. If these three factors are managed, the Government of Brazil is primed to serve as a model of success for other countries interested in implementing a national HPV vaccination program to decrease HPV-related morbidity and mortality.

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