With second flu wave expected, health experts encourage getting vaccinated now

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GREENFIELD — The wailing is worth it.

That was Lacey Keller’s attitude as her daughter’s sobs filled the air Tuesday afternoon at the Hancock County Health Department.

Two-year-old Autumn Long had just received her flu shot, and she wasn’t happy about it.

But better to withstand a few minutes of crying than risk her daughter getting sick, Keller said.

“It’s harder on me than it is on her,” she said.

Autumn let out a piercing shriek of disagreement.

Flu season is upon us early this year, and Hancock County has already seen 76 documented cases. If you haven’t been vaccinated, now is the time, said Beth Burkhardt, public health nurse for the health department.

The health department has a limited supply of adult and children’s flu vaccines still available. Some youth patients could have their expenses covered, and parents should call ahead with questions about eligibility for free vaccines, Burkhardt said.

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