As we know already, measles is a very, very serious health problem, and it can end up very badly for the people infected with it.
More than 153 of the 314 reported cases of measles in the U.S. in 2019 have been in Rockland Country, New York, which is about 40 mins north of NYC.
So, Rockland County has decided to ban unvaccinated children from public spaces for the following 30 days, which means that they decided to stick it to the parents responsible for the outbreak!
Reportedly, if an unvaccinated child is found at a restaurant, shopping center, a place of worship, or even school, the parents will be fined $500.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said that they will not sid idly by while children in their community are at risk. It’s a public health crisis, and it’s time to sound the alarm.
According to some critics, however, the ban will have little no to effect on public health because the authorities have no way of knowing if a child is vaccinated or not.
The number of measles cases has been rising steadily in Rockland County with no chance of abating.
The outbreak has been centered in an Orthodox Jewish community, where the vaccination rates are low. The rate of immunization there is about 50-60%, which is not nearly enough.