Ardmore man a finalist in CDC flu contest

September 1, 2009 4:51:46 PM PDT
How would you prevent the flu? In Christopher Landy's "Bagman" public service video, the central character wraps himself in trash bags.

The Ardmore, Pennsylvania's video has been picked as one of the ten finalists for the government's Flu Prevention PSA contest.

If he gets the most votes online, he could win $2500, and a chance to have his PSA broadcast nationally.

"Bagman" shows how one man keeps himself flu-free in his office. The bag-wrapped worker stumbles into the conference room, making a fool of himself before co-workers. It's a bid to press the point that hand-washing and other measures are the way to prevent flu from spreading, not hiding behind plastic.

The Department of Health and Human Services received 240 entries uploaded to YouTube for its contest. After being reviewed for their message and length, more than 100 of those videos were then sent on to a panel of experts.

Now, HHS wants your vote for the PSA which delivers the flu prevention message best.

To see "Bagman, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu9fICUNJtU.

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 www.flu.gov.

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