Colorado doctors more focused on the flu than spread of Ebola

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Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to avoid catching the virus.

DENVER — Concerns about Ebola remain a conversation for many families, but doctors are hoping to calm those fears.

The chances of getting Ebola are slim. And while it is a deadly virus, doctors say you should be more concerned about the flu. Along with flu season comes questions about Ebola.

“I’m a little hesitant,” Chelsea Boswell said. “I’m washing my hands a little bit more now and kind of just being aware of what I’m touching.”

“Anybody with a high fever asks the question, but truly if you have not been to west Africa your chances are 1 in a million,” said Dr. Rafer Leach of Guardian Urgent Care said. “I’m just making that number up, but I truly feel that’s a reasonable estimation.”

With flu season upon us, doctors say it’s important to take preventative steps now. Getting a flu shot is your best defense. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people nationally are hospitalized for the flu each year.

Flu season runs from early fall through March, and flu shots are available from your doctor, and at urgent care and drugstores.

 

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