Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259
Californians are invited to go online and cast a vote for their favorite video and poster as part of the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) "Flu-Fighting Festival" contest. Starting today through January 31, people can vote for their top picks at http://cdphfilmfest.org. "We are thrilled to see so many creative video and poster entries," said CDPH’s Director Dr. Mark Horton. "The videos and posters that young people created for their peers will help communicate the simple but important methods of flu prevention – wash your hands, cough into your sleeve, stay home when you’re sick, and get vaccinated."I’m hoping that everyone will make getting vaccinated and practicing good preventative health measures as their No. 1 New Year’s resolution!" The contest challenged Californians to create a short video or poster in English or Spanish that highlights the steps to prevent the flu. Four winners selected from two language categories will each be awarded a $250 gift card provided by the non-profit California Immunization Coalition. After the public vote, final winners will be identified by state officials and will be announced during Preteen Vaccine Week, February 13-19, 2011. Preteen Vaccine Week is an opportunity to remind parents and guardians about the importance of an annual preteen doctor visit to ensure that children are up-to-date on their immunizations, and that they are protected against dangerous viruses and bacteria, including the flu.
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