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Plunket joins Sending Love project to end Christmas loneliness

 Plunket playgroups around New Zealand are being encouraged to get involved with the Sending Love for Christmas initiative this year. Sending Love is a nationwide project that collects Christmas cards written by everyday Kiwis and distributes them to people who might be feeling lonely or just need a bit of extra love and care during the festive season. The project was started in 2017 by mum Hannah Rodgers and her 5-year-old son Jayden Devin-Rodgers.

A cheap way to live more sustainably

How water-wise is your whānau? Plunket and Watercare, Auckland’s water provider, have teamed up to help spread the word on how using less water is good for the environment – and your wallet. Plunket’s Northern Region Operations Manager Sam Ferreira says, “A new baby can have a huge impact on your finances. It can mean there is less money to spend as the household income drops and costs go up.

Wattie’s and Plunket celebrating 28 years in partnership

Wattie’s and Plunket have been nutrition partners since 1990 - working together to help give every child in New Zealand the best start in life. Although the Wattie’s and Plunket relationship stems back to 1958, it wasn’t until 1990 when the two iconic New Zealand brands formalised their partnership and Wattie’s became a Pick Me Help Plunket partner, whereby a portion of each sale of a Wattie’s ForBaby product goes to Plunket to support its Community Services. Wattie’s and Plunket have worked together for many years to create helpful resources for parents who are about to start their solids journey with their child.

Nominate a Plunket volunteer

Do you know someone who volunteers for Plunket?Nominate them in the Very Important Plunket Person (VIPP) Award and they’ll go in the draw to win $100 Resene voucher PLUS their local Plunket Centre will receive a $100 Resene voucher too! Entries are open all year round. One lucky VIPP will be chosen four times a year – in September, December, March and June. Nominate a Plunket volunteer today.

Auckland Measles Outbreak 2019 - FAQs

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we've been answering about the current measles outbreak in Auckland.  

Updated 6 September 2019
Q) Where can I get the MMR vaccine?
A) Free vaccination is available to those under 50 years of age at any GP, and there are also drop-in clinics in Auckland:
Counties Manukau clinics:

Clendon Public Nursing Office, Clendon Shopping Centre, Manurewa, daily, 9. 30am-3pm
Manukau Super/Surgical Clinic Business hrs, 901 Great South Road, daily, 9.

Live Facebook Chat on Auckland Measles Outbreak

Plunket is hosting a live Facebook Chat session tonight (Monday 2 Sept) with the Immunisation Advisory Centre, to support families with questions on the Auckland Measles outbreak.  Plunket Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley says Plunket – through its nursing and PlunketLine freephone 24/7 services – has been inundated with questions from parents and families seeking information and advice on Measles. “It’s clear to us that parents want to know how they can best protect themselves and their family and what they should do if they suspect their child or a family member has measles.

Auckland measles outbreak - advice for parents

Immunisation is your best protection against measles, which is an incredibly infectious and serious illness. Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are free for all unimmunised or partially immunised people who were born on or after 1 January 1969, and are over 12 months’ old. There have now been over 660 confirmed cases of the measles in the Auckland region this year.

Plunket Community Services welcome extra support

Plunket’s Invercargill Community Services and Injury Prevention programme received a boost this month thanks to the generous support of the ILT Foundation and ILT.  ILT Foundation and ILT Trustees Paddy O’Brien and Suzanne Prentice presented Plunket Invercargill’s injury prevention programmes manager Kathryn Impelmans and Community Services Coordinator Judy Cook with cheques totaling $15,000. ILT President and ILT Foundation Chair Alan Dennis said, “We are really pleased to be able to help Plunket locally to teach children about road safety at a young age.

Road Safety programme celebrates 10 years

More than 8,000 children are safer on our roads thanks to the Southland Seen and Safe road safety programme, which celebrated 10 years last week. Developed by Plunket Injury Prevention Manager Kathryn Impelmans and supported by organisations such as Road Safety Southland, Wensley’s Cycles and The Warehouse, the Southland Seen and Safe programme aims to reduce fatalities and injuries by talking to families with children under the age of 5 about road safety. “We are so grateful to these organisations who work with us to ensure our young people are visible on our roads,” says Ms Impelmans.

Plunket Karitane Nurse retires after 40 years

Otago and Christchurch families hold a special place in Sue Woodrow’s heart. Sue retires this week after 40 years as a Plunket Karitane Nurse to spend time with her grandchildren and pursue one of her passions – singing. “Sue is amazing and has worked tirelessly to support tamariki and families, as well as her colleagues.

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