Walgreens flu index shows flu activity trending 10 times higher year over year

Oct. 24, 2022
The United States prepares for a severe flu season as flu activity doubles week over week.

Walgreens launched the 2022-2023 Walgreens Flu Index to help communities track flu activity in their area and serve as an important reminder to get protected with an annual flu shot. Returning for its ninth season, the Walgreens Flu Index shows that to date, overall flu activity is more than 10 times higher nationwide when compared to the 2021-2022 flu season and has more than doubled over the past two weeks. 

During the week of Oct. 10, flu activity was the highest in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Several major cities, including New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala. were designated the top ten areas with the most widespread flu activity so far this flu season. 

Top 10 DMAs with Highest Flu Activity: 

  • Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas 
  • Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Miss. 
  • Corpus Christi, Texas 
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas 
  • New Orleans, La. 
  • Columbus, Ga. (Opelika, Ala.) 
  • Houston, Texas 
  • Lafayette, La. 
  • Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach), Fla. 
  • Montgomery-Selma, Ala. 

Top 10 States with Highest Flu Activity: 

  • Louisiana 
  • Mississippi 
  • Texas 
  • Alabama 
  • Georgia 
  • Tennessee 
  • Arkansas 
  • South Carolina 
  • Puerto Rico 
  • North Carolina 

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