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 
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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.

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.

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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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