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Stop sore throats hurting hearts

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness that starts with a sore throat. Any time your child has a sore throat it could be serious. Don’t ignore it. Take them to a doctor or nurse straight away to get it checked. Find out more about rheumatic fever.

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Increasing immunisation rates and reducing rheumatic fever are part of the Government’s 10 Better Public Services results. The Ministry's latest results show record immunisation coverage and a significant reduction in rheumatic fever. Read more

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