• HPV immunisation now available for boys and girls 9-26 years

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign started today to inform parents and caregivers of Year 8 boys and girls about the benefits of HPV immunisation.
  • Creekfest 2017

    Creekfest is a fun family day out where healthy eating, healthy action, social services and education is promoted. We celebrate cultural diversity, our families and our City. A bright and talented stage line up on both the community stage and main stage will be sure to keep you in the groove. Free rides for the children all day!!
  • Hutt Real Food Challenge

    Registrations are now open for the Hutt Real Food Challenge! Our friends at Hutt City Councils, Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Enspiral are hosting an all day mission to build ideas that help our food system.
  • Aotearoa Bike Challenge

    Let's get more people riding! This summer the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an exciting new campaign to boost cycling all across the country. With tailored guidance and tips, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of great prizes on offer, it's a great time to ride bikes in NZ.
  • The cost of tobacco

    Currently, smoking a pack of 20 a day costs more than $8,300 a year! Imagine how much money you could save if you stopped?

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection which affects the respiratory system. It is very contagious and spreads from person to person when someone with the illness coughs or sneezes, spraying droplets of fluid from their nose or throat.

Whooping cough starts out like a cold with a drycough, sneezing, runny nose
and possibly a slight fever. After one to two weeks the coughing gets worse and a person has coughing fits which often end in vomiting or difficulty breathing.

Babies and small children who are not yet immunised or who are only partially immunised, are most at risk. The best protection against whooping cough for you and your family is immunisation.

Immunisation is given at 6 weeks of age, 3 months, 5 months and a booster vaccine at 4 and 11 years of age. Immunisation to protect against whooping cough is also recommended  and FREE for pregnant women between weeks 28-38 of pregnancy.

If you or your child may have whooping cough, see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice from a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What's On Wednesday February 1, 2017
  • Aotearoa Bike Challenge Month - www.lovetoride.net
Monday February 27, 2017
  • Well Child Week - www.wellchild.org.nz
Wednesday March 8, 2017
  • Walk To Work Day - www.livingstreets.org.nz