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Doctors say you should be more concerned with the seasonal flu, and less worried about Ebola

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 A deadly virus is lurking in the Tennessee Valley and if you're not careful you could catch it.
Fever, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea are all symptoms of both the flu and Ebola, two viruses that can kill you.

But doctors say you should be more concerned about one than the other.

"The flu kill thousands every year, we expect that, that's why we have a vaccine against it because we know it's going to kill people," said Dr. Lisa Broyles, MD at Doctor's Express in Hixson.

Dr. Broyles says you're much more likely to catch and die from the flu than Ebola

"The flu is extremely contagious just by respiratory coughing or sneezing," said Dr. Broyles. "Ebola, you have to have intimate close contact with someone in their face while they're vomiting or have diarrhea in order to possibly contract it."

We checked with a few area hospitals for the number of people who died from the flu last year. Only Erlanger was able to make their numbers available. They tell us six people lost their lives. But yet, thousands will still go un-vaccinated from the flu and worry about an Ebola outbreak.

"The flu is just old news, you're used to it, it's a killer that's known; whereas Ebola is new," said Broyles.    

There have been nine confirmed cases at Erlanger Hospital for the flu and Memorial has seen eight flu-like symptom cases, although it is still early in the season.

Flu vaccines are still available at your local doctor's office, clinic or health department.

You are advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourself during the flu season.
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