Baby boomer? Don’t skip this vital screening

November 19, 2014 1:22 PM

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Baby boomer? Don’t skip this vital screening

It’s hepatitis C, and it affects one generation more than any other. The majority of the people with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than people who belong to another generation.

Hepatitis C used to be easily transmissible through blood transfusions until 1992, when screenings became available. However, many people may have contracted the infection before that time and do not know it.

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