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New York County Bans Unvaccinated Kids From All Public Spaces Amid Massive Measles Outbreak

New York County Bans Unvaccinated Kids From All Public Spaces Amid Massive Measles Outbreak

The citizens of Rockland county have decided enough is enough.

Faced with the worst measles outbreak in decades, caused by parents who decided not to vaccinate their children, the city has banned unvaccinated children from public spaces for the next month.

Rockland County (about 40 miles north of New York City) has seen 153 diagnosed cases of measles. The vast majority of those affected have been unvaccinated children.

To fight the sickness, County Executive Ed Day is banning any unvaccinated people under the age of 18 from going to malls, restaurants, schools, or any other public spaces. He commented at a press conference on crisis:

"We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk. This is a public health crisis, and it's time we sound the alarm."

The measles likely arrived in Rockland around September 2018, when international travelers visited the area carrying the disease.

Rockland is home to a large community of large community of Orthodox Jews, the sort of "tight-knit, traditional community" which have been particularly vulnerable to outbreaks in the past.

Another group of Hasidic Jewish people were struck by a measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, earlier this year. Similarly, a community of Russian immigrants was deeply affected when a measles outbreak hit Washington state in February.

Though Day said his department won't be stopping random parents and children and asking to review their vaccination "papers" on the street, he also told reporters that violating parents "will be held accountable."

Meanwhile, the local Health Department is offering vaccinations free of charge to anyone in the community.

It seems there's no excuse not to have your children vaccinated.

Make sure to jump on the opportunity, Rockland County!