The New York Department of Health urged the Orthodox Jewish community in the city, which is concentrated in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, to guard against the increase in measles cases, and urged that all children be vaccinated.
In a statement sent to the press, the authorities asked for special care before traveling to Israel, where there has been an outbreak of measles, and reported a meeting tomorrow with the rabbis and elected officials of the community to raise awareness of this sector of the population .
"Although measles is preventable, too many families are deciding not to put vaccines or delay them, putting their children and other children at risk," said Health Department Commissioner Oxiris Barbot.
The appeal comes after six people, between 11 months and 4 years old, contracted measles in October in Williamsburg, the first of which was a child who had traveled to Israel.
Of the 6 affected children, 5 of them had not been vaccinated, of which only one of them was too young to receive it.
"It is important to make sure that the entire family is protected before making international trips, because outbreaks of measles are occurring both in Israel and in Europe," said Barbot.
The New York Department of Health recommends the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children under 12 months, with a second dose between 4 and 6 years, which is required by law to attend centers. of preschool education.