SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Okla. tops Walgreens' Flu Index report

Walgreens released its Flu Index report for the week of Jan. 19 today. 

The weekly Flu Index report gives communities and health professionals market- and state-specific information about influenza activity. The report ranks the areas with the highest number of flu cases throughout the United State. 

The city with the most amount of flu activity was Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was followed by San Antonio, Texas;  Knoxville, Tennessee; El Paso, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers area in Arkansas; Austin, Texas; Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; and Dallas, Texas.

The top 10 states with the most flu activity are: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, Kansas and Louisiana.

The goal of the Flu Index is to improve the lives of communities by making the public more aware of influenza, its impact and its prevention method.

The report also gives physicians and researchers information at the hyper-local level that can be as specific as a single zip code.

The Flu Index data is based on an analysis of weekly retail data about the number of prescription antiviral medications sold in Walgreens' branches nationwide.