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SORE THROATS MATTER Rheumatic fever is a serious disease caused by a strep throat can make children very sick and cause heart damage may mean a lifetime.

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3 Rheumatic fever is a serious disease caused by a strep throat can make children very sick and cause heart damage may mean a lifetime of feeling breathless and tired can shorten life SORE THROATS MATTER

4 New Zealand still has high rates of rheumatic fever In [name of region] [X] cases [relevant local info] SORE THROATS MATTER Rheumatic fever

5 Who is most at-risk? Māori and Pacific families/whānau Aged 5 – 20 Families/whānau who have had rheumatic fever Families/whānau who live in houses with lots of people SORE THROATS MATTER

6 How does rheumatic fever affect the body? Acute rheumatic fever affects 3 organ systems Brain Heart Joints (arthritis)

7 What can I do? If your child has a sore throat, get it checked by a health worker, nurse or doctor Some schools do throat checks – ask your school Ask your children to tell you when they have a sore throat so you can get it checked If your child has a strep throat make sure your child finishes the 10-day course of antibiotics

8 Treating strep throat A quick throat swab Take the full 10-day course of antibiotics

9 How to protect my whānau Good hand washing and drying Covering mouths when coughing and sneezing Don’t share water bottles, cups and toothbrushes Tell the health worker if other people in your house have a sore throat SORE THROATS MATTER

10 More information SORE THROATS MATTER Ask a health worker or health centre for more information about sore throats and rheumatic fever Visit sorethroatsmatter.org.nz Call Healthline

11 Thanks to the Ngati Hine Health Trust, National Coordination Service, National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, Toi Te Ora, and the National Hauora Coalition for contributing images and information for this slideshow. Acknowledgements

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