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The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders

Gastro illness in Hawke’s Bay

The gastro illness currently being experienced by people in Havelock North is likely due to campylobacter infection.


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Have your say on the health of older people

The Ministry is consulting on a draft 10-year strategy for the health and wellbeing of older people.


DHB elections

Nominations are open for board members on New Zealand’s district health boards. DHB boards need committed people with a wide range of skills.


Are you protected from measles?

Measles is highly contagious – and easily preventable. 2 doses of the MMR vaccine is all you need to protect yourself, your family and community. It’s free for anyone born from 1 January 1969.


Influenza. Don’t get it. Don’t give it.

Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly. Immunisation is your best defence against influenza, and is now available free for eligible people until 31 August.

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