Easter is coming up and while it’s bound to be a weekend of fun, we’re urging families to think about kids’ safety in the car this weekend. Plunket have come up with six tips to help keep your children safe in the car while travelling this weekend. 6 ways to keep your child safe
Take your child with you when you leave the car, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes.
Evenflo, manufacturer of child restraints has issued a voluntary recall notice for selected models of car seats and booster seats. This recall relates to seats with a crotch buckle that may become resistant to unlatching (undoing) over time due to exposure to various items such as food and drinks. Difficulty in releasing the buckle in an emergency situation where prompt exit from the vehicle was necessary could increase the risk of injury.
With nominations now open for the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, now is a good time to think about a Plunket Volunteer who has made an impact in your community. The awards not only recognise outstanding individuals, teams and organisations, but they raise awareness around the important and valuable role volunteers play. Last year’s award recipients ranged in age from 14 to 85, and their stories were wide ranging and very inspiring.
Health Minister Tony Ryall today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign. Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and 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 a serious disease influenza is”, says Plunket Clinical Advisory Manager Karen Magrath.
Flooding following the severe storm that has lashed Canterbury has affected local Plunket services. Many Plunket services have been cancelled and appointments are being rescheduled. Plunket is advising parents and caregivers to follow Council advice not to leave home today if you don’t need to.
The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society is delighted with the news from Kensington Palace and the New Zealand Royal Visit Office today that they are to be a part of the upcoming visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George. “We are just so excited to be a part of the visit. Their time in New Zealand is so limited so to get the opportunity to introduce them to Plunket is such an honour”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark.
Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal kicks off next week which means that collectors will soon be taking to the streets around the country to raise funds for local Plunket services. Unfortunately, this also brings a risk of bogus collectors shaking a bucket or knocking on doors and claiming to be from Plunket. Every year a number of unscrupulous groups and individuals attempt to defraud the public by pretending to collect on behalf of charities.
HealthPost, New Zealand’s online natural health and beauty shop, has generously donated over $8,500 towards Plunket Family Centres and clinics during their January ‘Charity of the Month’ campaign. As part of their ‘Charity of the Month’ promotion, HealthPost asked customers to select a charity to donate $2 towards – an initiative that HealthPost pays for, not the customer. During January, Plunket received over 4,250 votes resulting in the $8,500 donation.
News of a feared measles outbreak in Auckland has prompted Plunket to restate the importance of immunisation. “Immunisation is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that can affect New Zealand families today,” says Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson. Allison says these diseases can have serious complications and are often spread by family members or friends.