Tips to help keep our tamariki well this winter | Ministry of Health NZ

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This winter we’re seeing lots of coughs, colds, flu and COVID-19. Dr Justine Lancaster shares some tips to help reduce the spread of these illnesses among our tamariki:

– Keep them home when they’re sick
– If they have COVID-19 symptoms, use a rapid antigen test (RAT) to check if they have COVID-19,
– Keep them up to date with protective vaccines, like MMR for measles, mumps and rubella, whooping cough, chicken pox, and flu and for the over five-year-olds, the COVID-19 vaccine,
– Teach good hygiene – like how to wash their hands well, sneeze and cough into their elbow, and how to use and throw away a tissue properly
– Open windows and doors a few times a day to improve the ventilation in your home.

You can also help strengthen kids’ immune systems and state of mind with healthy food, lots of good sleep and by keeping active in the fresh air and sunshine (when it’s out!)


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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