Damien Dancy puts masks on his children Damaya, 3, left, and Damien, 7, at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va., as hospitals in Hampton Roads are urging patients and visitors to wear a mask at their facilities to help stop the spread of the flu. Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of confirmed flu cases so far are in people 65 and older.
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published Friday, January 18th, 2013
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The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.