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New cases of flu on Long Island

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 while the season appears to be winding down, Long Island has not been spared.

The state recorded 273 new laboratory-confirmed cases of flu on Long Island for the week ending March 24, a 15.7 percent decrease from the 324 cases a week earlier and an 88.7 percent decrease from the 2,226 cases reported at the peak five weeks ago. The number of cases in Nassau County fell to 151 and in Suffolk to 122.

Here are the cases for the past 10 weeks.

Nationally, more hospitalizations sooner

For every 100,000 people in the nation, nearly 94 have been hospitalized for the flu in the first 24 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.

Here's a guide if you think you're coming down with the flu.

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