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Walmart to give free health screenings and immunizations this Saturday

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Calling it “America’s Biggest Health Fair,” Walmart will kick off a series of free healthcare-related services this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at more than 4,400 stores nationwide.

Stores with pharmacies will offer free blood glucose, blood pressure and vision screenings. They will also offer free immunizations from licensed pharmacists. Screenings for blood pressure and glucose are considered crucial in determining certain illnesses including diabetes.

The four-hour event will also feature free samples and product demos, health insurance education and free gift bags while supplies last.

Beginning October 15, customers will also be able to participate in Walmart’s Healthcare Begins Here open enrollment period running through January 31, 2016. The program is a partnership between Walmart and and serves as a way to help customers select health coverage during the healthcare exchange open enrollment period.

That service is only available in 2,400 Walmart stores.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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