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Is the flu really more dangerous to Americans than Ebola? It depends.
Is the flu really more dangerous to Americans than Ebola? It depends.

A common meme to have emerged from concerns about Ebola virus in the United States is for people to “go get a flu shot,” the idea being that the people worry too much about a disease that is of little threat to them (Ebola) and not enough about one that is estimated to kill at least 3,000 people a year (seasonal influenza). It is true that Americans overestimate the threat from Ebola. Despite a few cases in the United States, there are no known cases of Americans having caught the disease from people who came here from West Africa, except for two Dallas nurses who treated Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, and reportedly without adequate protective garb. At the same...

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