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Gov. Parkinson teams with Sid the Science Kid to promote H1N1 vaccinations

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson is appearing with public broadcast’s Sid the Science Kid to encourage Kansans to get the H1N1 vaccine.

“People need to continue to take this extremely seriously,” said Parkinson, a Democrat, during a teleconference on Monday.

He is one of 15 governors, one first lady and Nebraska’s top state health official to record the spots with the animated character.

The 30-second video features Parkinson sitting at his desk in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office talking to the animated character.

Sid has previously gotten the vaccine for H1N1, commonly called the Swine Flu, and isn’t the only children’s character that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has tapped to encourage vaccinations or flu prevention.

Elmo has previously demonstrated proper hand washing and sneezing techniques on Sesame Street.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, warned that the flu seasons can run through May.

“Vaccination is best protection against getting the flu, it is important to remind Americans that now is a good time to get the vaccine,” she said during the teleconferencing.

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