MethodologyThe Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. 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. *Designated Market Area About Walgreens Walgreens ( walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, 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. Walgreens operates 8,100 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.
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. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171227005290/en/
Walgreens Flu Index for Week Ending December 23, 2017 (Graphic: Business Wire)The Flu Index provides valuable insight by showing which cities or metropolitan areas are experiencing the most incidences of influenza each week based on Index methodology. The data does not measure actual levels or severity of flu activity. 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, including the ability to search by market name or state, click here. Top 10 DMAs* with Flu ActivityWeek Ending 12/23/2017 1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas4. Houston, Texas5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas6. Corpus Christi, Texas7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.9. San Antonio, Texas10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark. Top 10 States with Flu ActivityWeek Ending 12/23/2017 1. Texas2. Arkansas3. Tennessee4. West Virginia5. Nebraska6. Iowa7. Idaho8. Montana9. Oklahoma10. North Carolina Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity GainsWeek Ending 12/23/2017 1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas3. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas4. Houston, Texas5. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas6. Corpus Christi, Texas7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas8. San Antonio, Texas9. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.) Top 10 States with Flu Activity GainsWeek Ending 12/23/2017 1. Texas2. Arkansas3. Tennessee4. West Virginia5. Idaho6. Nebraska7. Montana8. Iowa9. Louisiana10. Arizona