In the coming months, very few of us will come in contact with the Ebola virus. However, many of us will get the flu and flu-like symptoms including fevers, headaches, and the chills. It is estimated that on average, the flu claims around 36,000 lives annually in the United States.

Know your risk

In the 2013-14 season only 46 percent of Americans received flu vaccinations. Last year over 100 children died from the flu, most of which had not been vaccinated.

Dr. Edward Waltz, director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Albany explains, “Objectively, the flu is a lot worse. You get flu messages pouring out of the television, telling you to get your immunization and it sort of desensitizes you.”

"Ebola doesn’t spread through the air like the flu. The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact of mucous membranes or broken skin cells."

What makes the flu so dangerous?

Seeing through the hype

Influenza is an airborne disease and can be spread when an infected person is talking, coughing, sneezing, or even near another person. Ebola doesn’t spread through the air like the flu. The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact of mucous membranes or broken skin cells.

Along with ease of transmission, the flu virus mutates and changes each season. This unpredictability makes it difficult for vaccine manufacturers to identify which flu strain vaccinations must be made available.

Keep calm and be healthy

Dr. Steve Schwartz, founder and Chief Medical Officer for STS Health, explains, “It is important not to panic, just be aware and protect yourself. Preventing the spread of viruses can be done by keeping good hygiene, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands regularly."

If you are looking for an alternative or compliment to the vaccine this cold and flu season, there are many effective natural over the counter products available but only one that protects both the throat and nose where 90 percent of the viruses enter the body.