Gov. Parkinson, Sid the Science Kid urge vaccination

Gov. Mark Parkinson is appearing with public broadcasting's Sid the Science Kid to encourage Kansans to get the H1N1 vaccine.

"People need to continue to take this extremely seriously," Parkinson said during a teleconference Monday.

He is among 15 governors, one first lady and Nebraska's top state health official who have recorded 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 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 demonstrated proper hand washing and sneezing techniques on Sesame Street.

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin warned that the flu season can run through May.

"Vaccination is the 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 teleconference.