It's Worth a Shot

More and more students are getting vaccinated against hepatitis B. You probably should too

Going back to school used to be a simple matter. Buy some shoes, grab a few pencils and head on out the door. But your academic survival kit isn't complete nowadays if you're missing the vaccination against hepatitis B, a virus that can destroy the liver. Not only do more and more schools across the U.S. recommend the shots, but 22 states now require it for enrollment in kindergarten or first grade. Not to be outdone, the American College Health Association is launching a campaign this fall that features extreme-sports athletes like Olympic snowboarder Barrett Christy urging university students to roll...

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