Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) recently released weekly data from its Flu Index that reveals specific areas within the United States where the flu is escalating the most.
The data rates areas are based on the number of influenza cases throughout the United States as well as the accumulative rate of cases from week to week. The Walgreens Flu Index analyzes the data from its weekly number of antiviral prescriptions in an effort to bring greater influenza awareness to local areas.
Data from the first week of December shows that the highest number of flu cases have occurred in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The top markets connected to flu activity are located in Tallahassee, Fla., Thomasville, Ga., New Orleans and southern Texas.
“There’s a growing need for timely information and reliable data sources throughout the flu season, and this weekly report can help alert health officials and the public in areas where flu activity is trending the most,” Walgreens President of Retail and Pharmacy Operations Richard Ashworth said. “With the ability to generate hyper-local data that’s as specific as a single zip code, the Walgreens Flu Index can become a platform to improve preventive health measures throughout the season including immunization rates.”
The index is designed to help health professionals bring greater awareness about influenza during the holiday season.