Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness disproportionally affecting Māori and Pasifika children.
It starts with a sore throat caused by streptococcus bacteria.
Drop-in swabbing services to test for rheumatic fever are provided by general practices, pathlabs, after-hours clinics, most pharmacies, some school nurses and community providers in the Waikato.
- Available and free to all 4-19 year old Māori and Pacific children across the Waikato District presenting with a sore throat.
- Available and free to all 4-19 year olds living in high deprivation (quintile 5) areas presenting with a sore throat.