The Costa Rican Government’s Initiative to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Love and Vaccines Save Lives

El Amor y las Vacunas Salvan Vidas

Featuring an on- going Campaign to prevent cervical cancer in Costa Rica




The human papilloma is recognized as a group of viruses that cause warts in different parts of the body, some of which can become cancer. Studies have shown that the HPV vaccine reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer and death. To prevent this virus, there is a safe and reliable vaccine that has already been applied in more than 82 countries around the world.

Costa Rica provides universal medical care to its citizens and permanent residents and offers the best medical care in Central America. In Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund will apply the HPV vaccine to 35,150 10-year-old girls as of June 3 and a second dose in November.

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) is responsible for providing health services to the entire population, based on a social security scheme financed by employers, workers and the State; executed integrated health programs, including preventive ones. According to information from the director of vaccines of the Ministry of Health, the cost is $700,000 for the two doses.

The vaccines will be administered in schools and health centers. Failure to receive the vaccine in any of those places will result in a home visit by state officials. The first dose will be administered at the end of May and the second dose will be administered in November. Every ten years from now they will receive the vaccine free of charge.

The National Board of Children and the Women’s Institute and other organizations have accompanied the current campaign, given the impact on the protection of children and the lives of women.



  • “From now on, every year we will continue to vaccinate girls who turn 10 years old as it will be part of the basic vaccination table,” reiterated Roman Macaya Hayes, ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States.
  •  Macaya explained that in the world  270 million doses have already been applied in different countries, which has been strictly monitored for quality, safety and efficacy.
  • “We can say that it is an effective and safe vaccine and it is good news for women in Costa Rica.” –Macaya Hayes
  • “Ten year old girls will be the first generation free of cervical cancer in this country.” – Macaya Hayes




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