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Damien Dancy puts a mask on his son Damien, 7, on Wednesday at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va. Hospitals in Hampton Roads are urging patients and visitors to wear a mask at their facilities to help stop the spread of the flu. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Stephen M. Katz)

Flu season hits early and, in some places, hard

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NEW YORK (AP) -- From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers have limited visitors, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to handle the feverish patients.

Flu season in the U.S. has hit early and, in some places, hard. But whether this will be considered a bad season by the time it has run its course in the spring remains to be seen.

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