Health officials are advising that individuals born between 1945 and 1965 ask their medical providers about tests and screenings for liver disease, including certain forms of hepatitis.
The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and its health is extremely important. Hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for a liver transplant.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver (hepatitis A, B and C are the most common types). The Center for Disease Control says about 4 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic hepatitis, but most don't know it.
Signs of acute illness include loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting; abdominal pain; gray-colored bowel movements; joint pain; and jaundice or yellowing of skin.
Hepatitis A and B have vaccinations. A medical provider can help determine if these are appropriate for the individual. Hepatitis C has no vaccine and is the most likely to cause chronic infection.
For more information, contact your local health care provider.