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Baby Boomers May Need Hepatitis Help

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As if Baby Boomers didn’t already have enough to worry about, the Centers for Disease Control have singled out the generation born after World War II to recommend testing for the Hepatitis C.

Studies indicate that millions of Americans born between 1945 and 1965 may be infected by the potentially fatal virus and not know it. The director of the CDC says that “everyone age 47 to 67 who hasn’t already been tested for hepatitis C should be tested once. The sooner you know the more you can protect your liver and your life.”

The theory is that many who came of age in the 1960s and ’70s were infected through shared needles or blood transfusions. Testing of donated blood and organs has become much more widespread in recent decades.

The CDC believes there are nearly a million undetected infections, and that screening could save more than 100,000 lives.

It’s probably a good idea to call you doctor and check it out.  Couldn’t hurt!

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