Mascots rally King County residents to beat flu

February 28, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2010

Local mascots have joined forces to encourage King County residents to get vaccinated against the flu, and take steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

Public Health – Seattle & King County developed the 30-second public-service announcement. The stars include Harry the Husky, the Ivar’s Dancing Clam, the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz, the Seattle Storm’s Doppler, the Seattle Thunderbirds’ Cool Bird and the Mariners’ Moose.

Ivar’s Dancing Clam and the Mariners' Moose show you how to beat the flu.

The costumed characters demonstrate positive behaviors to prevent flu, stop the spread of the disease or help someone infected with flu recover from the illness.

“We’re using a funny campaign to draw attention to seasonal and H1N1 flu, but influenza is a serious disease. Every year, people lose valuable time from work and school because of the flu, and thousands are hospitalized or even die,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “This campaign reminds all of us to do our part and prevent the spread of influenza, now and in the months ahead.”

Watch the ad here. Learn more about ways to prevent the flu here.

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