This week’s report from the Walgreens Flu Index™ shows that the city with the highest rates of flu activity is Knoxville, Tenn., and the state with the most flu activity is Kentucky.
The Walgreens Flu Index™ provides a weekly report that illustrates the flu rates in specific regions for each week. It also analyzes data about the weekly retail prescription rates for antiviral medications.
All of the information is state and market specific about the seasonal flu activity. The hyper-local data even narrows down flu activity to an individual zip code.
For the week beginning Jan. 5, Knoxville, was the city with the highest flu activity. Second place was tied between Paducah, Ky., Harrisburg, Ill., and Cape Girardeau, Mo. The city with the third-highest flu activity is Chattanooga, Tenn.
The three states with the highest flu activity for the week of Jan. 5 include Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
The goal of the index is to enhance individual and community awareness about seasonal flu trends. Index inventors also hope that the data will encourage communities in their prevention methods.
The index has proven to be a helpful resource for the media and for health professionals in local communities.