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Seasonal Flu Makes a Comeback in U.S. After An Unusual Year Off

A health worker administers a flu vaccination in Miami, Florida, earlier in Sept.

A health worker administers a flu vaccination in Miami, Florida, earlier in Sept.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images 

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(AP) -- The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off, with flu hospitalizations rising and two child deaths reported.

Last year's flu season was the lowest on record, likely because COVID-19 measures — school closures, distancing, masks and canceled travel — prevented the spread of influenza, or because the coronavirus somehow pushed aside other viruses.