The nights are getting longer and colder and keeping children warm and safe is a priority as winter settles in. Heating the home brings with it a number of potential safety hazards and we need to ensure people are aware of the dangers and the simple rules that could help keep everyone safe.
Burns from heaters and fires are a real danger for children.
Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off on Monday, is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. World Immunisation Awareness Week (22-29 April) is a World Health Organization initiative to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson says immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities.
Plunket is pleased to hear that more New Zealand families are making use of free B4 School health checks. The government announced today that nearly 80 percent of four year old children received a B4 School Check last year – an increase of around 30 percent on previous years. Plunket Clinical Advisor Sandra Innes says the B4 School Check aims to ensure that all children get the best possible start to their school life.
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.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five welcomes the release of figures showing the number of infant deaths at record lows. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says it shows that safety messages are getting through. “Plunket and other agencies have put a lot of work into getting safe sleeping messages out to parents and it’s great to see these messages having an impact.
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school this week. As New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the first time. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year can be an emotional and busy time.
After seven years as Chief Executive of the Plunket, Jenny Prince will step down from the role this month to spend more time with her own family.
Jenny Prince has lead Plunket as our Chief Executive for seven years, though her journey began over 30 years ago. Starting off as a volunteer, Jenny then became a Plunket nurse working with families in Clendon, South Auckland.
Plunket and its wonderful partners have put together some great ideas to help you start 2016 on the right track. So when you’re next relaxing, take a look at how you can make 2016 a cracker of a year!
Plunket’s Principal Partner BNZ, suggests starting the year off on the right financial track by setting goals for you and your family. It's easy to push this to the side in the rush of daily life, but it’s really important for the future of you and your family.