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Southern states top Walgreens Flu Index

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — New data from the Walgreens Flu Index  for the month of January shows an increase in flu activity compared to the same timeframe last season. While flu activity tapered off in the first couple weeks of 2020, it has shown continued increase for the final weeks of January.

Eight of the top 10 DMAs experiencing the most activity fall within the South, and seven of those in Texas. Meanwhile, for the first time this season, New Mexico tops the state list with Oklahoma and Texas following.

Check out a recap of the top 10 markets and states for the month of January below:

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity
For month of January

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Odessa-Midland, Texas
  3. Casper-Riverton, Wyo.
  4. Binghamton, N.Y.
  5. San Angelo, Texas
  6. Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas
  7. Bowling Green, Ky.
  8. Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla.
  9. Laredo, Texas
  10. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas

Top 10 States with Flu Activity
For month of January

  1. New Mexico
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Texas
  4. Wyoming
  5. Nebraska
  6. Arkansas
  7. Tennessee
  8. Kentucky
  9. West Virginia
  10. Mississippi

Launched six flu seasons ago, the Walgreens Flu Index is an online, interactive tool to view flu activity across markets and states in the U.S., including Puerto Rico. Each week, we analyze prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across thousands of Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. In addition to the top markets and states, the Flu Index also ranks the markets and states experiencing the greatest gains in activity on a week-over-week basis.

A new feature of the Walgreens Flu Index for the 2019-2020 season allows users to see how current flu activity compares to last season. January data continues to show that southern states are seeing the highest incidences of flu activity this season. Four Texas markets that were in the January top 10 DMAs last season have once again found themselves topping the flu activity charts this season: El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.), Odessa-Midland, Texas, San Angelo, Texas, and Laredo, Texas. Outside of Texas, for the first time this season, markets in Wyoming, (Casper-Riverton), and New York, (Binghamton), are in their monthly report of the top 10 DMAs.


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