New York health officials are calling for students who visit Jewish schools in certain postcodes to receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, amid a measles outbreak that causes at least 39 children in the Orthodox Jewish community sick has been doing since October.
According to the New York Department of Health, the outbreak is from an unvaccinated child who contracted measles during a trip to Israel, which is currently fighting its own virus outbreak.
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"As of Friday, December 7, every student participating in a Yeshiva in the postcodes listed below in Borough Park and Williamsburg is not having the required number of vaccinations vaccinated against measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) is not allowed to attend school, regardless of whether a case of measles has occurred at school, "said a Thursday letter from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
They can not return to school until they have been adequately vaccinated or the outbreak has been declared terminated, even if they have an approved religious or medical waiver for the measles vaccine, "the letter said. "If a person develops measles in their school, additional restrictions apply."
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is usually rare in the United States because of vaccines, but is still relevant in Europe, Asia and Africa. It can spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs, and can remain active on surfaces for up to two hours.
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The letter states that children are cared for in day care, and a dose of the MMR vaccine will be required in front of the nursery in the 201
"Students who suffer from measles must stay at home daycare or school by the 5th day after the rash, as recommended by the Ministry of Health," the letter says.
The officials said it was up to the directors or directors to enforce the requirements. Affected postal codes include 11204, 11205, 11206, 11211, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11230, 11249.