It has been reported that more than 500 children have been receiving emergency vaccinations in the Jewish ultra-Orthodox community of Britain in the past two months. It is a measles epidemic, presumably from British Jews who came home after the high holidays in Israel.
Israel is currently being hit by a measles outbreak that is being blamed on people who, for ideological or other reasons, reject vaccines for themselves or their children.
The outbreak focused on ultra-Orthodox communities, where vaccination rates are generally lower. In Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and elsewhere, medical officials have been advocating for the education and vaccination of thousands.
In the UK, more than 60 cases of measles have been reported since early October ̵
Joseph Spitzer of Dr. med. The Cranwich Road Surgery Medical Center in London has a vaccination rate in the local ultra-Orthodox community "definitely lower than the general population, and there are many reasons for it."
For these reasons, he led the typical large Haredi families and their lack of time to be vaccinated exposed widespread urban myths about "dangers" of the MMR vaccine and also a distrust of secular authorities.
"Parents who are not immunizing their children are absolutely irresponsible," said Spitzer of the Jewish Chronicle. "The epidemic, like all epidemics, will burn out over time, but I hope people will learn about it and will not play Russian roulette with their children in the future."
Hundreds of people in Israel became ill with the infectious virus year, and an 18-month-old infant died in Jerusalem, the first such measles death in the country in 15 years.
There is a growing phenomenon that parents refuse to vaccinate their children because of various discredited claims that life-saving practice is dangerous.
Meanwhile, executives in several Israeli hospitals have accused the Ministry of Health of not controlling the measles epidemic. It is "unreasonable" to expect them Yedioth Ahronoth reported on a daily basis to anyone who had contact with any patient and required a nationwide vaccination campaign to immunize the entire population.  03] They also said there were not enough isolation rooms for all measles patients, the newspaper said.
The Ministry of Health responded to the report by blaming hospitals for the lack of isolation rooms because they did not vaccinate their staff enough
Knesset members unanimously passed a bill last month giving the Israeli authorities authority give penalties to parents who do not vaccinate their children and to deny all unvaccinated children or persons access to all educational institutions, including kindergartens, for illness if there are national concerns about an outbreak of the disease.
The law, if fully authorized, would allow the Ministry of Health to prosecute children who will not get vaccinated in state well-baby clinics and send an official warning to their parents if they continue to refuse. Ministerial officials may then decide to apply financial sanctions to force them to consent to the vaccine.
The sanctions would consist of reduced tax credits and benefits that could result in a maximum loss of NIS 2,000 (approximately $ 530 per month.)
Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.