"There will not be law enforcement or deputy sheriffs asking for vaccination records".
Much of the measles cases in NY have been concentrated among children of Orthodox Jewish families, many of whom attend religious schools where the vaccination rates are below 95 percent, which is the threshold considered necessary to maintain immunity among the community, known as herd immunity, according to Kaiser Health News. The parents had used religious exemptions to opt their children out of standard vaccinations.
Yet the gravity of Rockland's outbreak, Day said, merited the upgraded ban. "We don't want to see a repeat of how this outbreak started when we saw people gathered together and then fall ill last fall".
"Rockland will lead the way in service and safety to the people here", he told reporters.
"Every action we have taken since the beginning of this outbreak has been created to maximize vaccinations and minimize exposures". Of the 153 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, 82 percent had not gotten the Measles Mumps Rubella, or MMR vaccine, according to county statistics.
"We must not allow this outbreak to continue", County Executive Ed Day said during a news conference.
The New York and Washington outbreaks began after United States travellers picked up measles in foreign countries, where the disease was running rampant and brought it back to places where vaccination rates were too low by USA public health standards.
From Jan.1 to March 21, there have 317 cases of measles reported, with outbreaks having been reported in California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day claimed the outbreak is the "longest in the U.S. since the measles disease was officially eradicated in 2000".
The order does not apply to people who are older than 18 because "we did not want to prevent anyone from going to work", but unvaccinated adults are also encouraged to get vaccinated. Frustrated health officials said the outbreak should have been contained by now, but they blame people wandering around in public while contagious. Those found in violation could face legal consequences.
Day said children unable to be vaccinated for documented medical reasons are exempt.
The announcement comes almost six months after the first measles case was reported in the county.
The CDC says 15 states have had at least one case of measles confirmed in 2019, for a total of 314 cases to date.
While it is unclear how it will be enforced, the ban will last for the next 30 days, or until the minor is vaccinated, Fox 5 NY reported. Measles was announced as eliminated as a public threat by health officials in 2000. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.