Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict

CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com)? Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attentionfrom another potential threat: the flu.

“It potentially could become an epidemic if we become distracted and we don’t get our annual flu vaccine. We?re worried about other things, things like Ebola,” pediatrician Janesri De Silva told KCAL9?s Serene Branson.

De Silva is chair of pediatrics at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and runs urgent-care clinics for children and teenagers.

“We are all worried about Ebola and if we look at the numbers, there have been about three or four cases of Ebola and one death of Ebola so far here in the U.S.,? the doctor said. ?Up to 49,000 people die of influenza a year.?

Every year, there are more than 20,000 pediatric hospitalizations with the Centers for Disease Control reporting five deaths from the flu since May in cases…

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