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

Stroke: know the signs - think FAST


A stroke can happen to anyone, anytime – it could be someone you know or the person next to you. Know the signs. Think FAST – Face, Arm, Speech, Time. 

It's important to recognise when someone is having a stroke, think FAST and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Thinking and acting fast can limit brain damage and lead to better outcomes. 

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Are you protected from measles?

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

National Bowel Screening Programme

A national bowel screening programme has been announced in Budget 2016. The roll out is expected to be completed by late 2019. Find out more about the programme.

Burwood Hospital nearing completion

The $215 million redevelopment of Burwood Hospital in Christchurch East is close to completion, with its first patients due to be seen in June.

New Zealand Health Strategy released

The New Zealand Health Strategy sets the direction of health services to improve the health of people and communities. 

Influenza. Don't get it. Don't give it.

Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. Immunisation is your best defence against the flu and it's best to get immunised now before winter.

Zika virus: what you need to know

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