Children who are not immunized increase the chances that others will become ill.
That is why the Gila County Division of Health and Community Services plans to host a health fair for children.
The fair is part of the Gila County "Community Immunity" program, which provides immunizations to protect families and communities.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Gila County Complex, 107 W. Frontier St. in Payson.
Parents and guardians bringing their children to the event should have immunization records with them, said Lucinda Campbell, who is coordinating the health fair. She said immunizations will be free or cost very little. In addition to immunizations for children, there will be pertussis/tetanus/diphtheria shots for caregivers of children under a year old.
The fair will feature information and kid-friendly booths, fun, food, games and music.
This is the second year for the immunization health fair. The objective is to help parents and guardians get ahead of the late summer rush for their children's immunizations, which are required for school enrollment.
For more information, call (928) 474-7180.