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West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas top Walgreens Flu Index for February

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DEERFIELD, Ill.— While it is starting to feel like spring, flu season is still underway across the country according to the Walgreens Flu Index. The medium to high flu activity seen nationwide serves as a greater reminder to get flu is to get a flu shot. A recap of Walgreens Flu Index data for the month of February shows many markets that topped the list in January are still experiencing higher incidences. West Virginia, which had yet to make the list of top states this season, jumped to the top of the state activity list with Oklahoma and Arkansas following.

Below is a recap of the top 10 markets and states for the month of February below:

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity
For month of February

  1. Harrisonburg, Va.
  2. Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va.
  3. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.
  4. Binghamton, N.Y.
  5. Bowling Green, Ky.
  6. San Angelo, Texas
  7. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  8. Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas
  9. Alexandria, La.
  10. Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla.

Top 10 States with Flu Activity
For month of February

  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Missouri
  6. Wyoming
  7. Iowa
  8. Kansas
  9. Illinois
  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 you to see how current flu activity compares to last season. February data shows flu activity across the country with the highest incidences in Eastern markets including: Harrisonburg, Va., Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va., Charleston-Huntington, W.Va., and Binghamton, N.Y. –a shift from this same timeframe last season where Texas markets topped flu activity.


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