Walgreens: Arizona and Texas leading country in flu incidence

DEERFIELD, Ill. - Arizona, Texas and Tennessee are the three states with the greatest number of inlfuenza cases, Walgreens reported as part of its Walgreens Flu Index Thursday. On its Walgreens Flu Index heat map, both Arizona and Texas are already at the higest level of flu incidence. 
 
The top 10 markets with flu activity for the week of Feb. 21 were: 
 
  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas;
  3. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.;
  4. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.;
  5. Memphis, Tenn.;
  6. San Diego;
  7. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas;
  8. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas;
  9. Tallahassee, Fla. – Thomasville, Ga.; and
  10. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.
 
The top 10 markets experiencing the greatest number of flu activity gains for the week of Feb. 21 were: 
 
  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas;
  3. Memphis, Tenn.;
  4. San Diego;
  5. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas;
  6. Charleston, S.C.;
  7. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.;
  8. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.;
  9. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas; and
  10. Albany, Ga.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Walgreens Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. 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.
 
 
 
 
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