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Health

More than 1.2m flu vaccine doses distributed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the influenza vaccine this year.

Mass turn-out for Big Latch On

Organisers of the Big Latch On were hoping for bigger and better this year and with the turnout nearly quadrupling last year, that is what they got.

New premises for Auckland addiction service

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened the new premises for Auckland’s Odyssey House alcohol and drug treatment service.

West Coast patients to receive text reminders

The West Coast District Health Board will send out reminder texts to patients with specialist appointments from next week.

Southern DHB Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week next week and the theme this year is "Breastfeeding and Work: Making it work."

Southern DHB supports breastfeeding through its breastfeeding friendly policies and the work of our lactation consultants, maternity staff and health promoters.

Pertussis reports from Central Otago

This week, Public Health South has been notified of at least five cases of people with pertussis in Wanaka and Hawea. There are also two confirmed cases in the Taieri area outside of Dunedin. Public Health South is investigating to determine if there are more cases in the wider area.

'Big Latch On' event encourages local Mums to breastfeed

Breastfeeding mothers across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes region are being encouraged to join thousands of other women from different cultures and backgrounds as they simultaneously breastfeed their babies in public.

Public Health Service supports Local Government remit

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) supports the recent Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) decision to advocate for legislation to prohibit smoking in the outdoor areas of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Proposed health reforms 'would take us back to dark ages'

The health of New Zealanders seems to have been completely side-lined in the Ministry of Health’s leaked "Capability and Capacity" report says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).

Home is where the heart is

A mother is grateful for the help she received to keep her family warm and well over winter after one of her sons was diagnosed with rheumatic fever.