Hep C Testing Offered May 19 for Baby Boomers

County Executive MaryEllen Odell was one of the first to take advantage of the PCDOH’s free testing service.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell was one of the first to take advantage of the PCDOH’s free testing service.

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is offering a full day of free Hepatitis C testing on National Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, for all baby boomers. The generation born from 1945 to 1965 is at particular risk and U.S. health officials encourage everyone in this age category to take this one-time test, regardless of any specific risk. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main health department office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. No appointment is necessary.

Viral hepatitis is a leading infectious cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Residents who can’t attend May 19 can get tested in their physicians’ office or can call the health department at 845-808-1390. Visit putnamcountyny.com/health.

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