Image of a baby with normal airways and bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a chest condition that causes breathing problems in pēpi (babies). It's caused by a virus - often respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or rhinovirus. Bronchiolitis is very easy to catch so wash your hands before and after handling your baby.

Mosquito

There is currently a dengue fever outbreak in Samoa. Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The best way to avoid dengue fever is to prevent mosquito bites. 

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Pēpi and tamariki (babies and children) can get free protection from meningococcal B disease with the MenB (Bexsero) vaccine. 

Mum sitting with baby on lap talking with a nurse

Whooping cough can make pēpi (babies) very sick and some pēpi can die. Having whooping cough immunisation in pregnancy protects pēpi in their first weeks of life. Start immunising pēpi the day they turn 6 weeks old to keep protecting them.

Illustration of child's face with measles rash

Protect tamariki (children) against measles. It can be very dangerous and spreads faster than almost any other disease.  If you're unsure whether your child has had their MMR immunisation, check with your Well Child Tamariki Ora provider or GP practice.

Treating a child for head lice using a fine-tooth head lice comb

Head lice are small insects that live on the human scalp. They are common and cause concern and frustration for parents, tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people). Dimethicone lotion is a very effective treatment that your GP practice can prescribe. Check out our step by step guide.