Walgreens Influenza Index Shows Flu Activity Trending 10x Year Over Year

Walgreens Influenza Index Shows Flu Activity Trending 10x Year Over Year

DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 24, 2022 – Today, Walgreens released the 2022-2023 Walgreens Influenza Index to help communities track flu activity in their area and serve as an important reminder to protect yourself with an annual flu shot. against influenza. Returning for its ninth season, the Walgreens Flu Index shows that overall flu activity to date is more than 10 times higher nationwide compared to the 2021-2022 flu season and has more than doubled in the last two weeks.

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“As we head into the fall and winter seasons, our data shows significantly higher flu activity earlier this year compared to other flu seasons and is increasing across the United States, especially in southern cities. said Anita Patel, PharmD, vice president, pharmacy services development, Walgreens. “As we return to pre-pandemic activities and spend more time indoors without a mask or social distancing, we are more vulnerable to respiratory infections. To help reduce the spread of respiratory illness this season, the best thing you can do is schedule your annual flu shot and updated COVID-19 booster at Walgreens at one convenient stop.”

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

A national survey showed that many are unsure or do not plan to get a flu shot this flu season.1 With increasing rates of influenza, older and newer variants of COVID-19 in circulation, and other respiratory illnesses, hospitalizations are expected to increase and could result in a strain on the health care system.two To prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot in late October and before the flu begins to spread during the festivities.3 If people can’t get vaccinated until later, the CDC recommends continuing to get a flu shot because flu activity typically peaks in February and can continue into May. It takes about two weeks after the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

Walgreens makes it easy for the whole family to stay protected against the flu, with pharmacy team members who are specially trained to administer flu shots to adults and children ages 3 and up. Appointments are highly recommended for the best experience. To make an appointment for a flu shot, updated COVID-19 booster, or other routine vaccinations at Walgreens, visit Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine or download the Walgreens app.

The top 10 DMAs with the highest flu activity

1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas

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

3. Corpus Christi, Texas

4. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

5. New Orleans, Louisiana.

6. Columbus, Georgia (Opelika, Alabama)

7. Houston, Texas

8. Lafayette, Louisiana.

9. Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach), Florida.

10. Montgomery-Selma, Alabama.

Top 10 states with the most influenza activity

1. Louisiana

2. Mississippi

3. Roof tiles

4.Alabama

5. georgia

6. Tennessee

7. Arkansas

8. South Carolina

9.Puerto Rico

10. North Carolina

About Walgreens Flu Index®

The Walgreens Flu Index® is an interactive online tool that ranks the top markets and states for flu activity in the United States, including Puerto Rico, as well as the top markets and states showing the largest increases in flu activity. the flu week after week. . Users can search by market or state to see where their geographic area ranks for flu activity in a given week, as well as how current flu activity compares to last season. Via time lapse function From the Walgreens Flu Index®, users can see how current flu activity compares to last season’s activity. Weekly, Walgreens tracks the incremental change in antiviral medications used to treat influenza at thousands of Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the country to create the Walgreens Flu Index®. The index is not intended to illustrate the severity of the flu, but rather, based on this methodology, to show which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of flu in the United States and Puerto Rico each week.

Flu Index® Frequency

Walgreens Flu Index® is updated weekly every Tuesday and is available through an interactive online map, linked here.

Behind the Methodology

Walgreens Flu Index ® data is analyzed at the state and geographic market level to measure the absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on average per store, and does not include markets where Walgreens has fewer than 10 outlets . The low and high ratings are designated based on a typical flu season, defined by an average of the last five flu seasons across the country. For example, red regions on the Walgreens Flu Index® map indicate a much higher than normal flu season, while green regions indicate a much lower than normal flu season.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is included in the United States segment of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), an integrated healthcare, pharmacy and retail leader serving millions of customers and patients every day, with a legacy of 170 years of serving communities. As America’s most beloved pharmacy, health and beauty company, Walgreens’ purpose is to champion the health and well-being of all America’s communities. Operating nearly 9,000 retail locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Walgreens prides itself on being a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 9 million customers each day. Walgreens pharmacists play a critical role in the US health care system by providing a wide range of pharmacy and health care services. To better meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with fully integrated physical and digital platforms underpinned by the latest technology to deliver high-quality products and services to local communities across the country.

1 “2022 National Survey: Attitudes about Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease, and the Impacts of COVID-19.”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. August 11 to August 15, 2022. https://www.nfid.org/about-nfid/newsroom/news-conferences/2022-nfid-influenza-pneumococcal-disease-news-conference/2022-national-survey-attitudes-about-influenza-and-pneumococcal- disease-and-the-impacts-of-covid-19/

two “Experts warn a ‘double pandemic’ of COVID flu could hit hospitals hard this year.” Fierce health care. October 18, 2022. https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/providers/experts-warn-covid-flu-twindemic-might-hit-hospitals-hard-year

3 “Frequently Asked Questions About Influenza (Flu): 2022-2023 Season.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/temporada/faq-flu-season-2022-2023.htm

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