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In an ongoing effort to motivate Californians to combat the flu this year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has extended the entry deadline of its second-annual Flu-Fighting Film and Poster Festival to accommodate more contestants. The new deadline is November 30.Last year’s contest produced short videos that aired across the state on commercial television stations. This year’s contest includes a video contest and a new poster challenge. One winner will be selected from each of four categories: English-language video; English-language poster; Spanish-language video; and, Spanish-language poster. Each will be awarded a $250 gift card provided by the nonprofit California Immunization Coalition.“We want to provide as much opportunity as possible for students and all Californians to compete in this worthwhile contest,” said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. “The winning entries will contain flu-fighting messages that we all need to hear. A few more weeks are worth the wait for an abundance of life-saving material. “All California residents 14 years of age and older are invited to create a video or develop a poster to encourage people to take steps that will help prevent the spread of the flu. The entry must promote one or more of the following health messages:• Get vaccinated (this year’s vaccine covers three flu strains, including H1N1)• Wash your hands frequently • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve • Stay home if you are sick The winning videos will be used as public services announcements (PSAs) and will be featured on the CDPH and other Web sites. The posters will be available online for download, and will also be distributed to local health departments and schools across the state. Click here for contest details, including rules and a challenge from one of last year’s winners.
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