Nebraska And Texas Markets Hold Top Spots in This Week’s Walgreens Flu Index™

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.

Now in its fifth flu season, the Walgreens Flu Index was developed as a
tool for consumers, health officials and the media to track flu activity
in their area, and it continues to be an indicator of flu activity and
important reminder to take preventive measures, such as receiving a flu
shot, to stay healthy throughout the flu season.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using the drugstore chain’s weekly
retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat
influenza across 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.

The weekly report is also available through an online, interactive map,
which allows anyone to search and find information regarding the most
current state of influenza in their community. To view this week’s map,
click here.

Top 10 DMAs* with Flu Activity

Week Ending 12/22/2018

 

 

1.

Lincoln Hastings-Kearney, Neb.

2.

El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

3.

Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas

4.

Montgomery-Selma, Ala.

5.

Chattanooga, Tenn.

6.

Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

7.

Omaha, Neb.

8.

Columbus, Ga. (Opelika, Ala.)

9.

Atlanta, Ga.

10.

Memphis, Tenn.

 

Top 10 States with Flu Activity

Week Ending 12/22/2018

 

1.

Nebraska

2.

Tennessee

3.

Texas

4.

Georgia

5.

Alabama

6.

New Mexico

7.

Kentucky

8.

Colorado

9.

Puerto Rico

10.

New Jersey

 

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity Gains

Week Ending 12/22/2018

 

1.

Lincoln Hastings-Kearney, Neb.

2.

El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

3.

Chattanooga, Tenn.

4.

Omaha, Neb.

5.

Columbus, Ga. (Opelika, Ala.)

6.

Montgomery-Selma, Ala.

7.

Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

8.

Memphis, Tenn.

9.

Louisville, Ky.

10.

Atlanta, Ga.

 

Top 10 States with Flu Activity Gains

Week Ending 12/22/2018

 

1.

Nebraska

2.

Tennessee

3.

Kentucky

4.

New Mexico

5.

Georgia

6.

Texas

7.

Alabama

8.

Colorado

9.

Wyoming

10.

Mississippi

 

Methodology

The Index is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu
activity, but rather, based on this methodology, to show which
populations are experiencing the highest incidences of influenza within
the U.S. and Puerto Rico each week.

Data for the Walgreens Flu Index 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), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains,
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. As of
August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 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.