HHS Announced the 'Availability' of 13 Governors to Use ELMO to Push the H1N1 Vaccine on Kids!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 1:45pm.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of thirteen new 30-second flu radio public service announcements (PSA).

These new radio messages feature 13 of America’s governors and Elmo from Sesame Street.  The messages, which will be promoted to radio stations across the country, promote key flu prevention messages to parents and children.

Children and young adults continue to be disproportionately affected by H1N1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the hospitalizations from 2009 H1N1 flu reported recently were people age 24 and younger.  That’s why HHS has teamed up with Sesame Workshop and other partners to promote flu prevention PSAs aimed at educating children and their parents about the importance of staying healthy during flu season.

“Elmo has emerged as one of our best partners in fighting the flu this year,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “That’s why we are excited for Elmo to join some of the nation’s governors in promoting important flu prevention tips. We know that kids are especially vulnerable against H1N1, and we hope that hearing flu prevention tips from Elmo will help them stay healthy and flu free.”

These new 30-second radio ads are designed for broadcast in states around the country. All of the new ads are available for download at http://www.flu.gov/psa/psacongress.html.

All of the latest flu PSAs are available on www.flu.gov/psa/.   The new radio PSAs include recordings from:

Gov. M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut,... Gov. Chet Culver of Iowa,... Gov. Mark Parkinson of Kansas,... Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan,... Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri,... Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina,... Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota,... Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio,... Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma,... Gov. Ted Kulongoski of Oregon,... Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont,... Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington,... and Gov. Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming.

October 28, 2009 - HHS

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.

Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 1:45pm.