Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness. It often starts with a sore throat. Without treatment, some sore throats can cause rheumatic fever, which can lead to heart damage. Find out how to prevent rheumatic fever and how important it is to prevent your child from getting it again. 

Child getting a throat swab by the nurse

Video still from a Ministry of Health video.

Two boys outside

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness. It often starts with a sore throat. Without treatment, some sore throats can cause rheumatic fever which can lead to heart damage. 

Illustration of a normal heart

Watch animated videos to find out about sore throats, rheumatic fever and the importance of keeping a healthy heart.

Boy having sore throat checked by nurse at clinic

Watch some videos which include stories of people who have survived rheumatic fever, and information about getting treatment and support.

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This information is for parents and whānau. It's designed to help you and your whānau navigate the journey ahead after your child has been diagnosed with rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease. You can review this information with the health professionals caring for your child.

Rheumatic fever booklet cover and image of people

This information is for rangatahi (young people) with rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease. It's designed to help you and your whānau navigate the journey ahead after your diagnosis. You can review this information with the health professionals caring for you.

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The best way to prevent your child from getting rheumatic fever again is for them to have regular penicillin injections.