A PSA with Elmo flu prevention tips will be provided to kids in hopes of slowing the spread of H1N1. What kind of flu prevention tips does Elmo give? Read about it here, and see photos and video.


The federal government is hoping to reach kids with the Sesame Street character, Elmo. Being that children are one of the most at risk groups, it makes good sense to use the popular puppet.

The Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement Tuesday, in response to building anticipation that the virus will be more widespread this flu season. Some experts predict the number of flu-related deaths to double this season. There is a new vaccine, but it is still in the testing stages, and may not be available until October.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said:

“We are thrilled to partner with Elmo, Gordon, and Sesame Workshop again to emphasize the steps kids and their parents can take to stay happy and healthy this school year…we need to do everything we can to get these important messages about how to prevent the spread of the flu out there.”

A similar program was already utilized in Mexico during the last outbreak, which included four PSA’s starring “the Muppets of Plaza Sesamo,” along with well-known Mexican celebrities.

What do you think? Will Elmo be an effective way to convey the government’s flu prevention methods? Let us hear your opinion in the comments section below.

Check out the PSA video below.

Photos: www.wenn.com