Researchers of the Pan-American Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgiapublished a report in last Friday showing that only 4 of 35 countries in the Americasare using the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as part of their national or regional immunization programs. According to the study issued in the CDC’s October 14th Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report those four countries include Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Panama.

Dr Elissa Meites from the CDC’s Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention commented on the report, saying “These data show that HPV vaccination programs are being implemented in more countries throughout the Americas, but we still have a long way to go.” She went on to explain how because of the high cost of the vaccination, many countries in the Americas with poor public health funding are unable to add it to their immunization programs.

In Mexico, the immunization program was nationally upgraded in September 2011 to provide the vaccination for all 9 year old girls in school. Such advances demonstrate Mexico’s progressive health care system.