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Flu shots may hurt like hell, but free Nuggets tickets should ease the pain

The folks at the Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition wants you to get a flu shot -- and to encourage people to volunteer for jabbing, they've created the "Enough is Enough" contest, with those who upload photos of themselves being injected to a Facebook page automatically eligible to win free Nuggets tickets or a spa gift certificate. And since the drawing is random, you don't need to be brave. Go ahead and scream your head off!

Here are the details, courtesy of a coalition press release, as well as flu-shot video:

Win Nuggets Tickets and More by Posting Your Flu Vaccination Photo on Facebook

DENVER -- The Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is launching an online flu contest on Facebook to encourage people to get their influenza vaccinations.

Participants are asked to take their picture after receiving their flu vaccination and upload it on the "Enough Excuses" contest Facebook page at You must be a Facebook subscriber to participate. Photos taken with smart phones will be used to create a map showing where contest participants got their flu vaccination. However, individuals do not need to use a smart phone for uploading photos to be entered in the prize drawing.

Two winners will be randomly selected, with the top winner receiving two tickets to an upcoming Denver Nuggets game. Second prize is a $150 spa gift certificate. Winners will be announced Jan. 31.

Erica Bloom, coordinator for the Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition, said, "We're excited about this contest and hope it will prompt people to get their flu vaccination. Now is a great time to get your flu vaccination, before holiday travels, parties and holiday gatherings get into full swing."

This year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending everyone over 6 months of age get a flu vaccination.

While the number of flu cases currently is low in Colorado, flu is beginning to circulate. Within the next month or so, state health officials expect to begin seeing increased numbers of cases. Flu activity in Georgia already is widespread.

Margaret Huffman, Immunization Program coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, "Typically, the number of flu cases increases in the winter months. It's not a question of if, but when, the flu will hit hard in Colorado, so it's important people not let their guard down. They should protect themselves against the flu now. Having the flu during the holidays, or any time, is a painful experience. It's certainly not the way anyone wants to spend the holidays."

Flu, or influenza, is a serious illness that causes significant illness and death each year. The CDC reported 12,000 deaths occurred around the nation last flu season due to the 2009 H1N1 virus. Protection against H1N1, and two other circulating influenza strains, is contained in this season's flu vaccination.

To find a local flu clinic, visit or call 1-877-462-2911.

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