SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — There are plenty of fears surrounding the Ebola virus, but there’s another more common virus that can be deadly. Flu season is coming up, but many people don’t seem to be all that worried and often do not take precautions against it that are available.
Some are more concerned about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a disease they know little about and are concerned the fear will spread to the United States.
Last week, a teacher in Oklahoma agreed to place herself under a 21-day quarantine after she returns from a trip to Rwanda in early November for a mission trip with her church because of parents’ concerns.
Rwanda – where there has never been a case – is 1,000 miles away from the Ebola zone in west Africa.
“People in the neighborhood … some of them are panicked,” said New York City councilman Mark Levine in an area where a doctor is being treated for Ebola. “In fact, I had one gentleman who wouldn’t even shake my hand.”
So why aren’t people in the U.S. who are worried about Ebola not getting their flu shot?
“No I haven’t got my flu shot yet,” one man told me.