NYC cites 84 people for refusing measles vaccines

Henrietta Brewer
May 9, 2019

More than 700 cases of measles have been reported in the US since the beginning of 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In New York, measles has spread like wildfire in Orthodox Jewish communities where some believe that a vaccine constitutes a foreign body, which the Torah forbids Jews from allowing to enter their own bodies.

Gullicksrud said, right now, there are no measles outbreaks in Minnesota. It all depends on the year you were born. "You should have a documented two doses".

If an adult needs a vaccine, one dose of MMR generally is recommended. "Those float through the air and then land on people, so it's a little bit harder to control".

Let's break it all down.

"I would argue, and most rabbis would argue, that it's not only acceptable to get the MMR vaccine, but a religious obligation", Grodin says.


Many countries were "in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks", ESR said.

Reaching all children with two doses of measles vaccine, either alone, or in a measles-rubella (MR), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) combination, should be the standard for all national immunisation programmes, World Health Organization said.

This is where things start to get tricky. They should consider a second vaccine.

Dr. Renée Paré, an expert in infectious diseases at the health department, predicted that authorities will continue to declare measles exposure alerts in the months to come.

America is now facing multistate measles outbreaks that show no signs of slowing down, thanks to false information about vaccine risks and an increase in worldwide travel.

"People who have documentation of receiving live measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated", the CDC explains. "We must do everything that we can to prevent measles from gaining a permanent foothold in NY and prevent the further spread of disease nationally". "They did a really good job of vaccinating and the Department of Health got on top of it".


The CDC recommends almost 30 vaccines from birth to six-years-old, including two rounds of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Not everyone has that natural immunity, but a doctor is able to check a person's immunity levels with a blood test to detect antibodies that fight measles.

However, there are some situations where someone might need a "booster" dose of the vaccine against measles.

The almost 800 cases is the highest number experienced in the country since the disease was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. Pennsylvania reported five cases as of May 2, becoming new to the list of states with measles cases. The latest to join the list is Pennsylvania.

Grodin says that these NY communities are outliers, caused in part by rabbis who have misunderstood or have refused to believe facts about vaccine safety.

Daskalakis urged anyone living, working, studying or playing in areas with measles like Williamsburg and Borough Park to get vaccinated. For most people, the virus causes a fever, rash, runny nose and cough.

For more specifics or to look up your individual circumstances, check out the CDC's FAQs page.


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