Hep B Vaccination Urged for Diabetics

A new federal guideline recommends all adults between the ages of 19 and 59 receive a hepatitis B vaccination if they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

People who have diabetes have a higher risk for hepatitis B infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s because the virus is easily transmitted from finger-stick devices or blood glucose monitors that are used by more than one person without proper cleaning, a CDC press release states.

A person can get infected from being exposed to a small, undetected amount of blood.

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