More than ever, it's important that as many of us as possible get a flu shot. That won't protect people from Ebola, but it will reduce the number of people coming to emergency rooms, clinics and doctors' offices to be evaluated for symptoms. As we know, early Ebola symptoms can be non-specific, mimicking the flu and other common maladies. Patients flooding ERs with ambiguous symptoms could set off a cascade of actions, including quarantine, protective equipment and extensive testing. The fewer the patients, the better the care for people who are more seriously ill. Some choose to forego flu shots, figuring they'll take their chances, gambling on the herd effect of other people getting vaccinated. This is one year where good citizenship mandates that all of us who can get the flu shot make sure we do.