Walgreens Flu Index™ for Week of Feb. 28, 2016

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. This week, Walgreens
Flu Index
data is tracking increased flu activity in the South and
West regions of the U.S.

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.

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,
click here.

Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity

Week of 2/28/2016

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
  3. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
  4. Memphis, Tenn.
  5. Charleston, S.C.
  6. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.
  7. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas
  8. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
  9. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.
  10. Louisville, Ky.

Top Ten States with Flu Activity

Week of 2/28/2016

  1. Arizona
  2. Texas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Tennessee
  5. Kentucky
  6. South Carolina
  7. New Mexico
  8. Florida
  9. Utah
  10. Louisiana

Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains

Week of 2/28/2016

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.
  3. Louisville, Ky.
  4. Charleston, S.C.
  5. Memphis, Tenn.
  6. South Bend – Elkhart, Ind.
  7. Waco – Temple – Bryan, Texas
  8. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  9. Colorado Springs – Pueblo, Colo.
  10. Columbia, S.C.

Top Ten States Flu Activity Gains

Week of 2/28/2016

  1. Mississippi
  2. Kentucky
  3. South Carolina
  4. Tennessee
  5. Hawaii
  6. New Mexico
  7. Arizona
  8. Indiana
  9. Arkansas
  10. New Jersey


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.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

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Emily Hartwig
(847) 315-3316