A Mild Flu Season for Most of U.S., but Arizona, Texas See Most Activity According to Season-ending Walgreens Flu Index

El Paso tops list for overall activity; Texas lands five markets in
nation’s top 10

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With flu activity winding down in the U.S., Walgreens today announced
the top markets (DMAs) and states for flu activity for the season,
according to its season-ending Walgreens
Flu Index™
examining aggregate prescription data from November 2015
through mid-April 2016.

The states with the highest rates of influenza, according to the Index,
were Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The Walgreens Flu Index provides state- and market-specific information
regarding flu activity, and is compiled using retail prescription data
for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens
locations nationwide. With the ability to generate hyper-local data, the
Index continues to be instrumental in driving consumer awareness and
prevention across the United States, while also serving as a valuable
tool for health departments, media and others at the local level.

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity
Aggregate data from
November 2015 through mid-April 2016

1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas

3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

4. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.

5. Memphis, Tenn.

6. Louisville, Ky.

7. Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Miss.

8. Houston, Texas

9. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

10. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas

Top 10 States with Flu Activity
Aggregate data from
November 2015 through mid-April 2016

1. Arizona

2. Texas

3. Kentucky

4. Mississippi

5. Tennessee

6. New Mexico

7. Hawaii

8. South Carolina

9. Nevada

10. Louisiana

“Bottom 10” Shows Markets with Least Amount of Influenza Activity
In
addition to the top markets for activity, the season-ending Index also
shows the bottom 10, suggesting successful prevention efforts in
preparation for, and during flu season in these communities, which
experienced the lowest levels of influenza.

Markets with Least Flu Activity
Aggregate data from
November 2015 through mid-April 2016

1. Eugene, Ore.

2. Pittsburgh, Penn.

3. Toledo, Ohio

4. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.

5. Portland, Ore.

6. Rochester, N.Y.

7. Augusta, Ga.- Aiken, S.C.

8. Boston, Mass. (Manchester, N.H.)

9. Cleveland-Akron (Canton), Ohio

10. Bakersfield, Calif.

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription
data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens
locations nationwide. 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.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index, visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

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