There are lots of places you can get a sore throat checked.
Meet Tristan and Justin. The 11-year-old twins know first hand that a sore throat left untreated can lead to rheumatic fever.
The 11-year-old twins in the video, Tristan and Justin, know first hand that a sore throat left untreated can lead to rheumatic fever. Justin avoided rheumatic fever. He had a throat swab which showed his strep throat and he completed a course of antibiotics. Unfortunately for Tristan a case of rheumatic fever led to open heart surgery.
- rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat that is known as 'strep throat' – a throat infection caused by a bacteria called Group A streptococcus
- most sore throats get better on their own, but if strep throat is not treated with antibiotics it can cause rheumatic fever in at-risk children
- because rheumatic fever is such a serious illness, all sore throats in Māori and Pacific children and young people (aged 4 and above) need to be checked
- if your at-risk child has strep throat, they'll need antibiotics to clear up the infection before it can develop into rheumatic fever
- if your child is taking antibiotics, it's important that they take the full 10-day course to stop them from developing rheumatic fever