Walgreens Flu Index Shows South, Southwest as Top Flu Activity Areas for Month of November


Louisiana, Nevada, Texas rank highest in flu activity for the month of November.

Walgreens has released their November report for their Flu Index, showing the markets in many southern states and Las Vegas, Nevada, having the most instances of the flu. These data are a change from last season, in which markets in Texas accounted for most of the top activity in November, according to Walgreens.1

The 2019-2020 Flu Index provides different categories for visitors to view, such as the Most Recent Flu Index and the previous year’s Index Time Lapse, to accurately depict each market area and territory of flu activity in the country.2

Using retail prescription data from treating influenza in Walgreens locations nationwide, the Walgreens Flu Index helps customers and health officials stay informed about flu activity in their communities.2

For the month of November, the top 10 states with Flu Activity were (in order): Louisiana, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska, Florida, and Arkansas. When analyzing the top Designated Market Areas with flu activity, the southern states continue to rank in the top 5, including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Nevada.1


  1. Walgreens flu index November report shows south and southwest top flu activity list [news release]. Deerfield, Ill.; Walgreens Newsroom: December 4, 2019. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191204005220/en/Walgreens-Flu-Index%C2%AE-November-Report-Shows-South. Accessed December 6, 2019.
  2. Murphy, Jill. Walgreens launches 2019-2020 flu index to monitor influenza activity. https://contemporaryclinic.pharmacytimes.com/news-views/walgreens-launches-2019-2020-flu-index-to-monitor-influenza-activity. Published October 25, 2019. Accessed December 4, 2019.

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