Aug 31, 2021

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness. It often starts with a sore throat. Without treatment, some sore throats can cause rheumatic fever which can lead to heart damage.

Key points about rheumatic fever

  1. Rheumatic fever is a serious illness. 
  2. It often starts with a sore throat caused by strep bacteria.
  3. Without treatment, strep throat can cause rheumatic fever.
  4. Rheumatic fever can damage your heart – this is called rheumatic heart disease.
  5. It's very important that your child does not get rheumatic fever if they have already had it.
  6. The best way to stop your child having another attack of rheumatic fever is to make sure they have their regular penicillin injections on time.

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