This Saturday from 11am-3pm, the Abilene Zoo will take on a slightly different look when the Big Country Immunization Coalition (BCIC) holds it's annual Health and Safety Fair. This is the third year the event will be held at the zoo, and one of the benefits of the fair is an opportunity to get necessary immunizations for children 18 and younger.

This is perfect. Recently, I was witness to a parent who bribed a young child to be good at the doctor's office with a trip to the zoo. This saves a trip. There's nothing that can take the sting of a needle in the arm of a child, but the tears are certain to go away a lot quicker when that kid can turn around and feed a giraffe in that same location.

Free immunizations are available, but this is a full health and safety fair. So there are plenty of activities going on, mascots will be on hand to entertain, Abilene police and fire vehicles will be on display, and the first 100 children can get bicycle helmets.

The Abilene Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Lane, near ES 11th Street and Loop 322. If you're looking to have a child immunized, remember to bring their immunization records with you to the zoo. For more information on this event, call Kay Durilla at 325.513.4555.

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