PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – About 100 people rallied outside Philadelphia City Hall Tuesday afternoon, becoming “superheroes for a day” in the fight against hepatitis B.
A horn sounded, signaling the crowd to strip off their outer shirts and expose the blue t-shirts underneath, each festooned with a red-and-yellow “B” similar to Superman’s “S” logo.READ MORE: Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer, SUV Closes Route 130 North In Burlington County
It’s an effort to encourage the public to get tested and vaccinated against hepatitis B.
“We can immunize people so that they will never get it,” Philadelphia heath commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz told KYW Newsradio at the rally.READ MORE: Montgomery County DA Asks Supreme Court To Review Bill Cosby's Overturned Conviction
“There are folks who are particularly at high risk,” Dr. Schwarz added, “both those people who are sexually active — and especially those without protection — as well as health workers and dialysis patients and others who are exposed to blood.”
One in 20 Americans is infected with hepatitis B, which is the leading cause of liver cancer.
For more information go to www.hepbfreephiladelphia.org.
Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060MORE NEWS: Curry, Harris Help Sixers Hold Off 4-Win Magic 101-96