Science-based preschool series Sid the Science Kid will explain the germs, viruses, vaccines and how to stay healthy during flu season in a special episode to air Oct. 26.
Produced by The Jim Henson Co and KCET/Los Angeles, the episode called ‘Getting A Shot: You Can Do It!’ sees Sid’s Grandma come to school on vaccination day. The event provides an opportunity for the kids to learn about the vaccinations through the usual mix of music, games and laughs.
The episode will repeat several times in the weeks following its premiere.
‘Sid the Science Kid explores the science behind the everyday experiences of a preschooler and we know that getting a shot can be scary for many children,’ said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Co. ‘This special episode is an opportunity for us to help kids understand why they are getting a shot while providing parents and caregivers with helpful resources to handle this important issue.’
The special episode is supported by online games, activities and resources for kids, parents and educators. At PBSKIDS.org/sid, kids can learn about germs, illness and getting shots through age-appropriate activities and videos. For parents and caregivers, PBS Parents (PBSPARENTS.org) features resources to help children cope with illness and overcome fears they may face about going to the doctor. PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org) will host a PBS Teachers live Webinar for educators about this episode and how teachers can help children stay healthy at school.
The Sid the Science Kid vaccination special is funded by The Department of Health and Human Services, The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, First 5 California and The Boeing Company.