CDC advisory committee recommends all US adults younger than age 60 get vaccinated against hepatitis B

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  • Advisors to the CDC recommended on Wednesday that all U.S. adults younger than age 60 get vaccinated against hepatitis B
  • Under the new policy, tens of millions of adults ages 30 to 59 will be advised to get their shots – protecting them against this potentially chronic liver disease
  • Adults in their 40s and 50s have seen increasing rates of hepatitis B cases in recent years, according to the CDC  
  • The rate of new cases has been flat for the past ten years with about 20,000 new cases a year 

Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on Wednesday that all U.S. adults younger than age 60 get vaccinated against hepatitis B.

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Under the new policy, tens of millions of adults in the 30-to-59 age range could get their shots, protecting them against this potentially chronic liver disease.

The new recommendation aims to prevent infection among middle-aged adults with hepatitis B increasingly impacting people in their 40s and 50s in recent years.

‘We cannot eliminate hepatitis B in the U.S. without a new approach,’ said CDC scientist Dr Mark Weng.

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10162849/Panel-All-US-adults-60-hepatitis-B-shots.html

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