N.Y. County Announced to Ban Unimmunized Children from Public Places Citing Measles Outbreak

Country officials in measles-suffering Rockland County, New York took the exceptional measures of banning unvaccinated children from entering public places. The ban may become usual if diseases preventable by vaccination continue to surge in unvaccinated communities. About 17,000 Americans received MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccination in a period of 26 weeks. Community executives, doctors, and rabbis revealed the importance of immunization in a public health campaign. None of those practices controlled the severe measles epidemic. The first case of vaccine-preventable disease emerged in New York in October 2018. Since the time, measles continues to spread across the region.

Ed Day, the county executive, announced a state of emergency in the county. The order would ban unvaccinated kids and teenagers from visiting common areas. As a result, the government order dragged around 6,000 unimmunized children out of schools. The order may remain in place for the upcoming month or until the unvaccinated juniors receive the MMR vaccine. So unimmunized minors cannot visit common places like churches, schools, and shopping malls. Though, open places like playground and park are excluded from the ban. The notice arrives as measles outbreaks strike in other parts of the U.S. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the epidemic hit areas in California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington.

The ban is a part of the county’s effort to limit the spread of measles. Now there are 180 confirmed cases in New York City. The figure mostly includes unimmunized children under the age of 18. John Lyon, a Rockland representative, said officials would not force teens to reveal their medical information. Instead, they plan to impose the ban after the fact. So if an epidemiological inquiry finds any unvaccinated minor in a public place, that child’s parents will have to pay for it. Lyon says they could cope with a $500 fine or experience a journey to jail for 90 days. The move highlights the desperation of executives to curb the spread of disease they have till now fought to stop.

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