CDC: Boomers Need Hep-C Test

Those born between 1945 and 1965 are at risk for the disease

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Calling all baby boomers: If you were born between 1945 and 1965, it’s time to add a hepatitis C blood test to your list of health measures.

CBS News reports the recommendation comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say getting the test for the liver-killing virus could save 120,000-plus lives.

Why boomers? According to the network, many new hep-C cases began in the ’70s and ’80s, when baby boomers were younger adults.

“The CDC views hepatitis C as an unrecognized health crisis for the country, and we believe the time is now for a bold response,” CDC hepatitis chief Dr. John W. Ward tells CBS.

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