What is the relation between baby boomers and hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is transferred through the blood, with most cases of infection resulting from drug use and sharing needles.

Baby boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — make up 80 percent of all chronic hepatitis C cases in the United States, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Hepatitis C can be a short-term condition for some people, but for 70–85 percent, it becomes a chronic, long-term infection.