Monday, August 31, 2009

Ten Flu Prevention PSA Contest Finalists Chosen; Now the Public Votes for the Winner!

Help us select a winner! It's time for the public to vote for the best video in the HHS Flu Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The producer of the winning video gets a $2,500 cash award, and the winning PSA will be broadcast on national television!

When HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced our contest asking people to help promote flu prevention, we had no idea what to expect. The response to the contest was amazing! Some 240 video PSAs were uploaded on YouTube!

All videos were reviewed for adherence to message and length criteria. More than 100 videos qualified for the next step: review by a panel of expert judges. Their review is complete, we are down to the final 10, and now it is your turn to select the best.

Keep in mind as you watch the PSAs that we need to reach as many people as we can. We are entering the fall flu season, and the 2009 H1N1 flu could impact all of us, so getting the message out on how we can best avoid the flu is critical. Think young and old; students and mothers;
and those most vulnerable -- then tell us which video delivers the flu prevention message best.

Voting starts on YouTube at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time, Saturday, Aug. 29, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, Sept.16.

Information on the contest and how to vote is available at

You will find a wide range of seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu information at; we suggest you visit it often to get the latest information and guidance for home, school, business, faith-based organizations and so much more. Sign up for regular updates and let us know what your questions are.

Go online and vote; then stay tuned for the results!

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