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September 23, 2010

Free flu shots through CVS program

Laguna Beach Community Clinic is one of nearly 350 health centers across the country participating in Direct Relief USA and CVS Caremark's donation of as much as $5 million in free flu shots to patients who lack health insurance. The participating clinics and health centers will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location.

Free flu shot vouchers will be available beginning this week while supplies last.

Direct Relief USA is a nonprofit organization that works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients. Customers can make an appointment to receive a flu shot from a CVS pharmacist at the time, date and location of their choice by using the My Flu Shot Scheduler available at http://www.cvs.com/flu or by calling toll-free (888) FLU-SHOT or (888) 88-GRIPE for Spanish speakers. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are available to provide vaccinations seven days a week during regular business hours with no appointment required.

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Marine Mammal Center gets matching grant

Pacific Marine Mammal Center has been awarded a $5,000 challenge grant by Hearts of Montage.

The challenge grant funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar with funds donated to PMMC through their animal sponsorship program, which allows participants to sponsor the rehabilitation costs of an actual patient at the Center. The sponsors will receive bi-weekly updates on their animal, visiting rights at the center, and an invitation to see the return of their animal to the ocean. Many of the releases will take place at Treasure Island Beach in front of Montage.

"We are so grateful to the Hearts of Montage for their support of our Center over the last 3 years, and are excited to see the relationship continue to grow. It is inspiring and encouraging to work with a group of individuals that are so dedicated to the environment and to supporting their community as a whole," said Melissa Sciacca, director of development for PMMC.

Hearts of Montage has been supporting PMMC since 2007, and has donated time, financial assistance and auction items to the organization, said Christ Loidolt of Hearts of Montage.

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