Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend. “Have a great break this Easter, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor. “If it means taking two vehicles to transport everyone, please do it, the consequences of an unrestrained adult or child in a crash can be devastating.
Colgate-Palmolive, Plunket and the NZ Dental Association are celebrating giving away more than 150,000 infant toothbrushes and toothpastes, as part of their commitment to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi children from an early age. For the past three years, Colgate has donated a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new baby at their five-month Plunket visit, along with educational resources developed by NZ Dental Association (NZDA), for Plunket nurses and parents. The joint initiative is designed to combat cavities in New Zealand children’s teeth.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders to take up the government’s offer of free influenza vaccinations. “New Zealanders tend to underestimate what serious disease influenza is”, says Plunket clinical advisor Marianne Grant. “It kills around 400 New Zealanders, directly or indirectly, each year – so it’s not something we should take lightly.