Helping to Boost Vaccination Rates
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and local health departments are aiming to use this month—when rates of H1N1 infection have decreased and vaccine availability has increased—as a window of opportunity to boost rates of vaccination.
Some local health departments have been creative in their appeals to the public. In Norfolk, the Virginia Zoo offered free admission to young adults, parents, and children who were vaccinated against H1N1 on-site.
In Detroit, MI, health officials are trying to better rates of vaccination with public service announcements (PSAs) and by offering pizza parties to the students who return their parental consent forms.
Getting the Message out
This month, the HHS joined with the Ad Council to launch a new nationwide PSA campaign called "Together We Can All Fight the Flu" that encourages Americans to get vaccinated against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.
From this campaign and other outreach efforts, NACCHO has collected our picks of the best H1N1 PSAs of 2009. Celebrities like Elmo, Marc Anthony, and Sid the Science Kid have advocated for vaccines. Some local health departments also got in on the game, making videos that got us laughing.
NACCHO's top five H1N1 PSAs of 2009 are:
Now, you can have your say. Become a fan of NACCHO’s Facebook page and choose your own favorite video in our online poll.
Are you a local health department looking to create a PSA? The HHS has customizable PSAs for your local community, and can work with you to create your own messages. Please e-mail H1N1info@naccho.org for more information.