These Are The States Where You Are Most Likely to Get The Flu

Nevada residents may start coughing after they read this

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Grab some tissues: A Gallup poll reports that Nevada, California, and New York boast, on average, the most adults who reported having the flu in 2013, while adults in Vermont, South Carolina, and North Dakota boast the lowest daily flu rates.

California has been the only state to be one of the top 10 states with the highest daily flu rates every year since the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index started tracking how often Americans report having the flu in 2008. Likewise, Mississippi is the only state to be one of the top 10 states with the lowest daily flu rates every year.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index asked 500 Americans every night whether they had the flu or a cold “yesterday.” There are a few caveats, the polling company admits. People who are sick may be less likely to pick up the phone. Respondents could also think they have a cold when they actually have the flu — and vice-versa. And some cultures are less likely to admit to illness.

Gallup argues that the states with the highest daily flu rates also have “high percentages of residents who lack health insurance and large Hispanic populations, which may be contributing to the consistently higher flu rates in these states. These populations may be less able to afford or have access to flu shots, which would make them more vulnerable to infection.”

States with The Highest Daily Flu Rates
Nevada
California
New York
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
Florida
New Jersey
Idaho
Oregon

States with The Lowest Daily Flu Rates
Vermont
North Dakota
South Carolina
Alabama
Wyoming
Mississippi
Alaska
Kansas
Tennessee
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Kentucky
Wisconsin

States with The Highest Daily Cold Rates
Montana
Oregon
New York
Mississippi
Rhode Island
Alaska
Pennsylvania
Michigan
North Dakota
Utah

States with The Lowest Daily Cold Rates
Arizona
Kansas
Wyoming
Texas
Nevada
New Hampshire
Tennessee
Arkansas
New Jersey
Louisiana

The results are based on telephone interviews conducted between Jan. 2, 2013 and Dec. 29, 2013, and boast a random sample of 178,068 adults age 18 and over. The margin of sampling error is generally ±1 to ±2 percentage points, but Gallup says it may be higher for states with smaller populations, as much as ±4 points.

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