Doc: Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the virus - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Doc: Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the virus

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

The nasty flu season is here whether we like it or not, and many are trying to figure out how to avoid the popular viral infection 

Dr. Jeff Ripperda with Shawnee Healthcare said keeping the home really clean doesn't really make a difference in the risk of the flu.  

He stands tall on the flu shot still being the best preventative option. 

"There are again a whole of products out there, vitamins, immune booster, echinacea, certain teas, all sorts of products you can find on the internet that all claim that they boost the immune system and can help prevent you from the flu," said Ripperda. "To my knowledge the only thing that's really ever been proven that'll prevent somebody from getting the flu is again, getting the flu shot."

Dr. Ripperda says avoiding people that are sick, washing your hands are things that help. He also suggests if you are running a fever or are sick to stay home.

Anyone who has the flu got it by being in contact or in proximity to someone who has it.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Employers can legally fire you for not coming to work in bad weather

    Employers can legally fire you for not coming to work in bad weather

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 1:43 PM EST2018-01-16 18:43:09 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Many people have been asking whether or not your employer can penalize, or even fire you, for not coming to work when road conditions are bad. 

    Many people have been asking whether or not your employer can penalize, or even fire you, for not coming to work when road conditions are bad. 

  • Parents arrested after children found chained in house

    Parents arrested after children found chained in house

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 2:43 AM EST2018-01-16 07:43:28 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 2:27 PM EST2018-01-16 19:27:46 GMT

    Police found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark, foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    Police found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark, foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

  • Report: Man thought killed Penn student was hitting on him

    Report: Man thought killed Penn student was hitting on him

    Monday, January 15 2018 11:43 PM EST2018-01-16 04:43:31 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 2:27 PM EST2018-01-16 19:27:32 GMT

    Authorities searched for the student for nearly a week with assistance from drone pilots and found his body on Tuesday after recent rains partially exposed it.

    Authorities searched for the student for nearly a week with assistance from drone pilots and found his body on Tuesday after recent rains partially exposed it.

Powered by Frankly