Texas named the worst state for flu with 23 WEEKS of 'high' activity since 2013

The flu season is in full swing and already around 6.4 million people have fallen ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Around 55,000 people have been hospitalized and approximately 3,000 have died - 27 of them being children.

But how much does where you live play a role in how susceptible you might be to contracting the flu?

To determine this, ApartmentGuide.com has compiled a report looking at CDC flu reports since 2013, the average price of a doctor's visit and the price of a bottle of ibuprofen.

The authors deemed Texas the worst US state for the flu this year based on two grounds: Eight children have died there already this season and, every year since 2013, the virus has remained 'highly active' for more weeks than in any other state.

A new report has named the top 10 worst states for contracting the flu, with Texas taking the top spot (file image)

A new report has named the top 10 worst states for contracting the flu, with Texas taking the top spot (file image)

10. NEW MEXICO

According to the report, the dry heat of New Mexico is perfect for the flu virus to spread rapidly. 

The so-called Land of Enchantment was one of the first states to be hardest hit during the 2018-19 flu season, CDC data shows.

It has experienced more 'high' peak flu level weeks of activity since 2013 than all but five other states has been rated 'high' for 17 of the past 18 peak flu season weeks, which is more than any other state.

What's more, paying a visit to the doctor will cost an average of $118.10 - more than any of the top 10's mean or median prices for a doctor's visit.

New Mexico had been rated 'high' for 17 of the past 18 peak flu season weeks, more than any other US state

New Mexico had been rated 'high' for 17 of the past 18 peak flu season weeks, more than any other US state

9. NEW JERSEY 

Usually, flu levels in New Jersey are ranked 'moderate' around this time of year.

But according to data from the state's Department of Health, officials are reporting high levels of flu activity in all 21 regions.

According to NJTV, the B/Victoria strain is most predominant, infecting 587 of almost 700 cases reported in New Jersey last week, a spike from from 304 as of December 21.

One of the 27 children who have died so far was from the Garden State. 

However, prices of a doctor's visit and a bottle of ibuprofen are moderate at $98.26 and $8.74 respectively, according to Apartment Guide.

New Jersey health officials are reporting high levels of flu activity in all 21 regions

New Jersey health officials are reporting high levels of flu activity in all 21 regions

8. ALABAMA

During the 2018-19 season, flu patients filled more than 90 percent of the beds in seven of Alabama's eight public health districts with hospitals, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. 

In some cases, hospitals were full and couldn't even accept any more patients.

This year appears to be no different. As of December 5, one of every 10 patients visiting the doctor in the state have the flu, reports WAAY-TV.

What's more, nine percent of the current season's flu deaths have occurred in Alabama.  

Nearly one out of every 10 patients in Louisiana visiting the doctor has the flu

Nearly one out of every 10 patients in Louisiana visiting the doctor has the flu

7. LOUISIANA 

CDC data shows that Louisiana was the first state to report high levels of flu-like activity this year, beginning in late October.

During the same period, every other state was reporting either low or minimal for flu activity.

Last month, CNN reported that Children's Hospital New Orleans has seen more than 1,400 cases of influenza since the season started in October.

Around the same time in 2018, it was just nine cases - a 155-fold increase.

While the average cost of a doctor's visit is $97.50, ApartmentGuide.com states that in New Orleans that visit will cost about $144.17, more than any other city in the top 10 worst states.

Children's Hospital New Orleans has seen more than 1,400 cases of influenza since October, a 155-fold increase from the same time last year

Children's Hospital New Orleans has seen

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