CLEVELAND, Ohio — Walmart stores nationwide are hosting free health checks on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, at all 4,600-plus U.S. stores as part of the retailer’s second Walmart Wellness Day.
From noon to 4 p.m., stores will offer free blood glucose and blood pressure tests, vision screenings (only at stores with vision centers), product samples, and information on healthcare insurance. No appointments are necessary; services are first-come, first-served.
More than 10,000 licensed pharmacists will be offering immunizations at all Walmart pharmacies, including: flu shots, chicken pox, Hepatitis A and B, HPV, meningitis, MMR, pneumonia, shingles, and TDAP. For customers without insurance, flu shots will cost $25.
At last year’s event, Walmart said it conducted more than 280,000 blood pressure, glucose, and vision screenings, administered nearly 52,000 immunizations, and gave away more than 2 million samples of healthier food.
The companies giving out samples this year include: GoJo, Pfizer, U.S. Nutrition, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Clorox, Kleenex, Dannon, Kellogg’s, Mars, and Vega.
Of those who received blood glucose screenings last year, nearly 3,000 were advised to consult a health care professional based on their readings.
Walmart said it also detected high blood pressure readings in more than 7,000 people, including one unidentified woman whose readings “were so alarming that she went immediately to the emergency room where she was treated for a hypertensive emergency.”