SEC. SEBELIUS: Thank you, Mr. Chairman — Chairman Lieberman, and Ranking Member Collins, and members of the committee, I am pleased to have a chance to appear with my colleagues and give you an update at this critical time.
And I would start by echoing what Secretary Napolitano has said, that the collaboration and cooperation of not only the three of us — representing three critical, sort of, front-line agencies, but across this government has been remarkable. And we have had wonderful results also with state and local partners, tribal partners, private sector, and others. …
And finally, Mr. Chair, we are continuing to focus on mitigation. In the meantime, there are still some fairly simple steps that people need to take, social isolation, staying home when you’re sick, washing hands, coughing and sneezing into arms. I’ve been very impressed that children are listening to Elmo and they are correcting their parents in terms of sneeze techniques.
And we are doing everything we can think of with our partners in terms of the communication efforts, not only using traditional media but we have great partners Sesame Street, in Sid the Science Kid, where the secretary and I will launch a new program today, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN that runs the score, scrolls into college dorms is a partner in encouraging that age group to get the vaccination. We’ve had YouTube videos, so we are trying to get the word out to folks that vaccination is the best defense against this flu. And the good news is, I think, it’s beginning to become available around the country. And with that, Mr. Chair, I’ll wait and answer additional questions.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rTeAvdFTiw]HHS and CDC admit using Sesame Street and ESPN to promote H1N1 Vaccine – vactruth.com.
Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius admits that US government is using media such as Sesame Street and ESPN to promote the H1N1 vaccine.