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Flu is hitting Maryland earlier and harder
Flu is hitting Maryland earlier and harder

The flu season is off to an earlier and stronger start, sending 2,300 people to the hospital with influenza-like symptoms in Maryland, accounting for about 4.9 percent of all emergency department visits, according to state data collected from some participating medical providers. Nationally, about 4.4 percent of emergency visits are for flu symptoms — such as aches, fever and coughing — and 45 children have died, elevating the season to epidemic levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Most adults are not tested for the flu, and there are no requirements that adult deaths are reported to the CDC.) Some blame may lie with this year's...