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Flu hits Lincoln daycare

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By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

The flu season is reaching some incredible early numbers, with nearly 300 cases already reported in Nebraska.  That's about 30-times more than this time last year, and some daycares are being hit hard.

For mom Carly Knapple, vaccination was a no brainer.

"I don't want to get the flu and I don't want (my daughter) to get it either," she said.

Knapple is one of the lucky ones at Bonnie's Little Bunnies daycare in north Lincoln.  Owner Bonnie Sierks says four of the eight children she provides for have already been hit with the flu.

"And I know parents that have had it," she said.

For Sierks, the key is to wipe and sanitize every toy, doorknob and piece of furniture in the daycare, but it doesn't always work.  She says this is the worst flu season she's seen in almost 40 years as a daycare provider.

"It's hitting really hard for the kids, especially the older and younger ones," she said.

It's an almost unavoidable trap, with curious kids reaching to touch anything and everything possible.  But still, local providers are doing everything they can.

"We try to keep their hands washed before they do anything or play with the toys," Sierks said. "And at night time I sanitize everything."

Here in Lancaster County, two people have already died; an infant and one man in his 60s.  However, both were not vaccinated.

Doctors say, it's never too late to get your vaccination.

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