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Texas Ranks Tops in Influenza Activity According to Walgreens

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According to recent data captured by Walgreens, coughing and sneezing may have pigeon-holed this holiday season, but it’s certainly not by coincidence. The state of Texas now ranks first in America for influenza activity according to the pharmacy giant.

Using their data on retail prescription sales for purchases of antiviral medication, Walgreens regularly maintains a compilation or index that shows the areas across America that have the highest instances of the flu. Followed by Arkansas and Tennessee, Texas took first place just this past week, and within our ranking, individual areas such as east Texas notably boosted Texas to the top of these influenza activity rankings. Although the Houston-Woodlands area ranked fourth overall in the U.S. for flu activity, the majority of South Texas and East Texas took the top spots.

According to Walgreens’ data, the top ten regions in America for influenza activity were listed as follows:

  1. Tyler-Longview(Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
  2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  4. Houston, Texas
  5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
  6. Corpus Christi, Texas
  7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  9. San Antonio, Texas
  10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas

To view a more detailed and interactive version of the influenza activity map of Texas compiled by Walgreens, click on the link provided here.