Walmart teams with Sam’s Club to offer free health screenings
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart and Sam’s Club are teaming up to offer free health screenings at more than 5,200 locations.
Called Walmart Wellness Day, the event will take place on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Free screenings will include blood glucose, blood pressure, vision, and for this first time, body fat and body mass index testing. Product samples and health insurance information will also be available.
“Knowing your numbers is critical to achieving your healthy resolutions and to maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said George Riedl, SVP and president, Walmart Health and Wellness. “That’s why Walmart and Sam’s Club have joined together for the very first time to kick off 2017 with the company’s largest free health screening event to-date.”
In addition to this event, Sam’s Club offers free health screenings the second Saturday of every month from January to October.
“Sam’s Club and Walmart are committed to helping the communities we serve lead healthier lives,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of Sam’s Club, Consumables and Health and Wellness. “We invite you to our locations this weekend to experience our health screenings to start or restart your healthy choices for the year.”
Bartell Drugs fully stocked with flu shots
SEATTLE — Despite reports of flu shot shortages in the state, Bartell Drugs is ensuring customers it has a full stock of vaccinations at all of its 65 locations in western Washington.
“The Centers for Disease Control and state and local Departments of Public Health have reported a spike in flu-related hospitalizations. Pharmacists and public health officials agree that a simple flu shot is the surest way to avoid this year’s outbreak,” Bartell Drugs stated in a news release.
Bartells can vaccinate anyone ages 3 years and up. Some children up to the age of 8 years may require two shots if this is their first-time flu vaccination. Full effectiveness of the vaccine can take up to two weeks for everyone.
Flu shots are available seven days a week, including evenings and weekends at locations throughout the Puget Sound region with no appointment needed. For added convenience, Bartell customers can also schedule their flu shot in advance, the company stated.
The flu vaccine is considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, and is fully covered at no cost through most insurance plans.