If you are a baby boomer, health officials say you should get tested for hepatitis C.
The Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 get the test.
According to Patsy Kelso, the state epidemiologist for infectious disease, most people with hepatitis C don't know they have it, and can have no symptoms of the virus for many years, sometimes even decades. The only way to know is with a simple blood test.
Hepatitis C can cause liver disease and liver cancer over many decades. There are medications available that will help some people get rid of the virus completely. For more information on Hepatitis C visit healthvermont.gov, and the CDC's campaign K(no)w More Hepatitis, www.cdc.gov/KnowMoreHepatitis/ or call 802-951-4065.
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