ALBANY, NY (AP) – Fighting the worst measles outbreak in the US for 27 years has a new front: the summer camp.
This summer, vaccinations were imposed on campers and employees in several counties north of New York City, which annually fills with children from the Orthodox Jewish communities most affected by measles.
Ulster County has taken the additional step of allowing the measles vaccine or immunity detection in all-day camps and overnight camps in the area to issue immunization requirements. Rockland County announced a similar mandate this month, based on mandates from the counties of Sullivan and Orange.
"We need to make sure that our t's are crossed and ours are spotted to make sure that all of these vaccination protocols are in place and have been properly combed through to make sure everything is in line", said Rabbi Hanoch Hecht from Camp Emunah of Ulster County, where many girls from a Chabad community live in Brooklyn's Crown Heights.
"In the past we have accepted religious exceptions for certain things," said Hecht, who has his own blood tested for immunity, "now we can not."
The state of New York requires summer camps for all campers However, do not prevent children from taking part in seeking refuge No measles vaccine.
Children must receive the measles vaccine to visit New York's schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law on Thursday removing an exemption for children whose parents are against the NHS for religious reasons.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 1
The CDC recommends that everyone receive the vaccine for more than one year, except for people who had the disease as children. Those who had measles are immune.
Available in the 1960s, the vaccine is considered safe and highly effective – and paved the way for measles to be virtually eliminated in the US in 2000. Multiple resurrections, including 667 cases in 2014.
Pike and others emphasized that vaccinations are widely accepted by most members of the Orthodox community, stating that they are a relatively small group of parents who are influenced by anti-propaganda vaccine propaganda – not religious teachings – who have resisted vaccinations.
The Orthodox Union said they had previously requested up-to-date vaccinations for their 37 summer programs, including the MMR vaccine. The health officials in New York have adopted a strict approach and made the measles vaccination compulsory for all persons living in the Federal Republic of Germany. Englisch: www.comece.org/comece.taf?_function…&language=en Brooklyn district, which is the epicenter of the outbreak, punishes people for not being vaccinated, and closes 12 schools because staff and students who could not prove immunity were not excluded, and the city issued its last two closures on Thursday
Now that the schools are preparing to close for the summer, the battle is spreading to the Catskills and Hudson River valleys.
Sullivan County lies in the heart of the traditional Borscht Belt and Lakes laden areas attract thousands of camps and bungalow colonies each summer, of which there are 139 orthodox j Jewish camps.
"We are raising such a population from New York City where this measles outbreak occurred," said Dan Hust, spokesman for Sullivan County. "It was considered prudent and wise."
Not everyone agrees. The orders of the counties Sullivan and Orange were challenged in state courts by parents of different religions. However, civil rights attorney Michael Sussman said he believes on Friday that these cases have to be withdrawn as New York has lifted religious exceptions.
Several camp administrators surveyed by The Associated Press have not raised any objection to compulsory vaccination.
"We have that's no problem," said Yoel Landau, director at Camp Rav Tov, a camp for Hasidic boys in Monticello. Landau said that students from New York City who visited the camp were already vaccinated because of the city's order in April.
Rabbi Dovid Teichman, director of Camp Govoah, which serves orthodox campers in rural Greene County, said that employees "comb" through every single application to ensure that all are vaccinated. "
" I can not endanger anyone, "he said," so if I find someone on the list who does not vaccinate, I will not take him to the camp. "