Proposed Rheumatic Fever Primary Prevention Plan - Guideline

Guidelines for rheumatic fever: Proposed Rheumatic Fever Primary Prevention Plan (2009).

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The following Proposed Rheumatic Fever Primary Prevention Programme was published in 2009. As a result of the 2019 update to the Group A Streptococcal Sore Throat Management Guideline, the definition of high risk for rheumatic fever has changed but is not updated in this document.

Guidelines for rheumatic fever: Proposed rheumatic fever primary prevention plan (2009)

Group A Streptococcal Sore Throat Management Guideline: Update 2019

Populations at high risk of rheumatic fever:

  • Māori and Pacific peoples&
  • youth, especially those aged five to 14 years
  • those living in lower socioeconomic circumstance within the North Island, especially within parts of the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and the Wellington area.
The population at High Risk for Rheumatic Fever is defined as those individuals who have a personal, family or household history of rheumatic fever, or who have two or more of the following criteria:
  • Māori or Pacific ethnicity, age 3-35 years, with emphasis on children and young people (4-19 years old),
  • those living in crowded circumstances
  • in lower socioeconomic areas of the North Island.