East Texas is One of the Worst Places in the US for the Flu
After seeing this, I'm about to go overboard with the disinfectant.
The holidays aren't all holly and jolly. Sure, it's the season of time with loved ones and new beginnings, but it's also flu season. YUCK! To make matters worse, it looks like we are in one of the worst regions across the country for influenza.
This is according to Walgreens' weekly Flu Index.
This list has nothing to do with severity of symptoms, but it could indicate how likely you are to get sick since it's a measurement of cases that have been reported. Walgreens collects this data from their stores' prescription data for antiviral medications. They publish the results on a brightly-colored map and break it down even further into various markets that are most effected by the virus.
Here are the Top 10 worst areas for the flu this week:
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-Fort Worth, Texas
8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas
This top 10 easily puts Texas and Arkansas in the top two spots for worst states for the flu. Other states in that top 10 are Tennessee, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho, Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Carolina in that order.