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All children from 6 months of age can benefit from yearly flu immunisation. It is especially important for children with certain long-term health conditions. It's also important for women in pregnancy. 

Children playing soccer

Guidance for children and teens returning to normal activity and sport after having COVID. 

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If your child has COVID-19, it can be a worrying time for you. But most children with COVID-19 will have a mild illness. Starship Children's Emergency Department doctor Emily has some advice about common and less common COVID-19 symptoms, how to care for your child with COVID-19 at home, and when to see a doctor.

If your child or someone in your house has COVID-19 symptoms, they need to be tested. Rapid antigen tests or RATs are the most common tests being used in New Zealand and give results within minutes. If the result is positive, everyone in your household must self-isolate.

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Children and teenagers' emotional wellbeing, especially in challenging times, is better when whānau can get the right support. Now all Kiwi families have free access to support that helps improve resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki.

Looking for something to help your child make sense of COVID-19? Check these resources - from videos for kids about the science behind coronavirus to online stories that can be important conversation starters in your household. There are some New Zealand resources covering the different stages of the pandemic response.