Unvaccinated Children Banned from Public Places
One county is taking drastic action because of a measles outbreak
Kids who don't have the proper vaccinations won't be allowed to go to school, the mall, the park, restaurants, or any other public place in Rockland County New York starting today.
The County Executive declared a State of Emergency because of an ongoing measles outbreak, which is has sickened dozens and is threatening the lives of people who can't be vaccinated. "We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated." said County Executive Ed Day in a statement.
"We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk." Ed Day, Rockland (NY) County Executive
The county's outbreak is currently the sixth largest in the country this year, with at least 153 people infected, according to USAToday . The ban will last 30 days or until the entire community is vaccinated.
(A child with measles. Source: Centers for Disease Control )
County Executive Day reports that the county's health department inspectors who are trying to help contain the oubreak "have begun to meet resistance" when trying to call or visit the homes of people who are infected. Day calls that "irresponsible."
It's the latest in the tug of war between health officials and parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated. It mirrors the outbreak of measles in the Pacific Northwest that has kept hundreds of children home from school, and the scramble at Temple University in Philadelphia to get students vaccinated because of an outbreak of mumps.
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