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

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Find out about keeping you, your child and whānau healthy and well during pregnancy and the first 5 years of your child’s life.


Pregnancy | Birth and afterwards | The first year | Under fives 

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Zero fees for under-13s

Most general practices are now offering zero-fee visits for children under 13 both during the day and after hours. Under-13s are also exempt from the standard $5 pharmacy charge for each prescription item. Find out more about zero fees for under-13s.

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.

Reducing rheumatic fever: update

The most recent figures on rheumatic fever from June of this year showed a 24 percent decrease in rheumatic fever first hospitalisations since the Better Public Services target was first introduced in 2012. Read more.

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