The early start to the flu season is expected to bring in more traffic to pharmacy chains...

|By:, SA News Editor

The early start to the flu season is expected to bring in more traffic to pharmacy chains Walgreen (WAG +2.2%), CVS Caremark (CVS -1.1%) and Rite Aid (RAD -2.6%) as the national media picks up on the story. The CDC reports 41 states have "widespread influenza" activity and says 52.6% of patients visit are for flu illnesses - compared to a national baseline average of around 2.2%.