Better East Texas: Preventing widespread flu an achievable goal

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A case of the Ebola virus has been diagnosed in Dallas and several others are suspected across the U.S., and, in spite of repeated reassurances, people are uptight about the possibility that Ebola, now in America, could migrate to an epidemic level.

Doctors feel certain that they have this patient and others that may have been exposed confined and the virus under control. But there is still a little understandable uncertainty. Ebola has killed about 3,000 people in Africa this year and is certainly something to be feared.

However, the seasonal influenza here in the U.S. kills more than 20,000 people each year. So as much press as Ebola is getting, we cannot neglect the fact that the seasonal flu is currently a much deadlier statistically right here in the U.S. and right here in Texas. The message that needs to be told and emphasized is that we can prevent many flu infections through vaccinations and the time of year is approaching to get your flu shot.

This is especially the case if you are a senior or if you have an infant, but really, everyone needs to consider getting a flu shot. Between now and the next sixty days is the prime time, and, contrary to some rumors, you can't get the flu from the flu shot. We may not be able to individually affect the threat from Ebola but we can prevent or at least lessen the chances that the seasonal flu will threaten us and our loved ones.

Plan to get a flu shot and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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