This year's relentless flu season has proved to be a major health threat, claiming the lives of dozens of children nationwide and causing high rates of hospitalization.
And Long Island has not been spared.
The state recorded 1,749 new laboratory-confirmed cases of flu on Long Island for the week ending Feb. 24, a 27.9 percent decrease from the 2,426 new cases a week earlier. The number in Nassau County fell to 942 from 1,226 a week earlier. The number of new cases in Suffolk for the week, 807, was down from 1,090 the week before. The counties still rank fifth and sixth in the state in season-to-date cases, with a combined total of 12,703.
Here are the cases for the past six weeks.
Nationally, more hospitalizations sooner
For every 100,000 people in the nation, nearly 82 have been hospitalized for the flu in the first 21 weeks of the flu season, a higher level than in any of the previous six flu seasons, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click along the lines for details.
JavasScript charts via amCharts.com