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Get your sore throat checked #LetsstopRF

Sore throats can lead to Rheumatic Fever. We have over 180 free sore throat services in the Waikato DHB. 

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness. It mainly affects Māori and Pacific children and young people (aged 4 to 19 years). Rheumatic fever can start with a sore throat caused by a ‘strep throat’ - a  bacterial infection called Group A Streptococcus (GAS). If the strep throat is not treated it may lead to rheumatic fever.

Usually, strep throat gets better on its own. But in some people an autoimmune response (where the body attacks its own tissues) is caused and the heart, joints (ankles, wrists, knees, elbows), brain and skin can become inflamed and swollen. If achild or young person gets rheumatic fever they become very unwell, causing them to have severe tiredness, breathlessness and low energy. In some cases it can lead to serious heart problems causing rheumatic heart disease, where the heart valves become damaged and heart operations are needed.

  • Drop in services will be provided by general practices, pathlabs, after-hours clinics, most pharmacies, some school nurses and community providers in the Waikato.
  • This service is available and free to all 4-19 year old Maori and Pacific children across the Waikato District presenting with a sore throat.
  • This service is available and free to all 4-19 year olds living in high deprivation (quintile 5) areas presenting with a sore throat.

 

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