Texas Markets Continue to Hold Top Spots for Flu Activity this Week, According to the Walgreens Flu Index™

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DEERFIELD, Ill.–()–The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and markets experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country.

The Flu Index provides valuable insight by showing which cities or metropolitan areas are experiencing the most incidences of influenza each week based on Index methodology. The data does not measure actual levels or severity of flu activity.

With the ability to generate hyper-local data across most U.S. markets, the Flu Index is an online, interactive resource allowing anyone to search and find information regarding the most current state of influenza in their community.

To view this week’s Walgreens Flu Index, maps and other online features, including the ability to search by market name or state, click here.

Top 10 DMAs* with Flu Activity
Week Ending 12/16/2017

  1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
  2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  4. Houston, Texas
  5. Corpus Christi, Texas
  6. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
  7. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
  8. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  9. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.

Top 10 States with Flu Activity
Week Ending 12/16/2017

  1. Texas
  2. Arkansas
  3. Tennessee
  4. Iowa
  5. West Virginia
  6. Montana
  7. Nebraska
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Idaho

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity Gains
Week Ending 12/16/2017

  1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
  2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Corpus Christi, Texas
  5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
  6. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  7. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
  8. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  9. San Antonio, Texas
  10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

Top 10 States with Flu Activity Gains
Week Ending 12/16/2017

  1. Texas
  2. Arkansas
  3. Tennessee
  4. Montana
  5. Nebraska
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Iowa
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Missouri

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

*Designated Market Area

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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