Vax plan to halt rheumatic fever

Aupito William Sio explains how rheumatic fever changed his life. ‘‘When you reflect on how it arises, out of kiddies living in homes that are cold and poorly insulated – that’s just nonsense in this land, that so many of our young people are exposed to that.’’ Helmut Modlik, chief executive of Ngāti Toa, pictured


Aupito William Sio says he may have been a professional rugby player if he hadn’t contracted rheumatic fever as a child. Instead, the disease meant he was hospitalised for more than three months and was on penicillin injections for years. The fatigue...

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