In force at midnight on Wednesday, March 27, anyone under the age of 18 and not vaccinated against measles will be banned from public places until the declaration expires after 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccine.
Officials said law enforcement would not patrol the streets or request vaccination records, but if someone is found in violation of the statement, their case will be referred to the county prosecutor. Parents will also be held accountable for their children if they are found in violation of the state of emergency. Officials say there are no religious exceptions and that they work with rabbits encouraging their members to be vaccinated.
According to the emergency declaration, public places are defined as a place where more than 1
A public meeting place also includes public transport vehicles including, but not limited to, buses or trains which are public or private but do not include taxi or livery vehicles. There are currently 153 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county, according to health officials. "When this epidemic continued, our inspectors began to respond to the resistance of those who were trying to protect," said Day. "They were closed or told not to call again, and they told them," We are not discussing this, we are not returning "when you visit the homes of the infected persons as part of their investigations, which is unacceptable and irresponsible. the welfare of others and shows a shocking lack of responsibility and concern for others in our community
Day said that the intention of the state of emergency is not to arrest people, but to educate society and achieve compliance
"This is an opportunity for everyone in their community "We should do our best to put an end to this outbreak and protect the health of those who can not be vaccinated for medical reasons and for the children who are too young to be vaccinated. "
Den said he admits that there will soon be religious holidays, but if people immediately take into account the state of emergency and now vaccinate their children, they will still be able to enjoy Easter and Easter with friends and family.
"We want people to be able to celebrate," he said. "We do not want to see a repeat of how this epidemic began when we saw people gathered together and then got sick last fall. We want everyone to enjoy their friends and families, something very difficult with the specter of measles hanging over their heads. . "
The Rockwell Health Department will host a free MMR vaccination clinic from 3 pm to 3 pm on Wednesday on the second floor of building A, the Robert L. Yeger Healthcare Complex, Sanatorium 50, Pomona, "We should not allow this epidemic to continue indefinitely," said Day, "We will not be sitting lightly while children in our community are at risk." This is a public health crisis and it is time to trigger anxiety to ensure that everyone takes appropriate action to protect themselves and theirs The high-risk groups include pregnant women, children under 6 months of age, immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, those not vaccinated against measles and those born before 1957 and immunosuppressed
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Health authorities say the best way to protect yourself and the community is to keep up with vaccines against measles and that high levels of vaccination in the community help protect the ho and who can not be vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions.
"We continue to encourage anyone to keep pace with the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) vaccine to protect them in the event of future exposure to measles in Rockland," said Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Snapel Rupert. "Measles are highly contagious, so everyone who is not protected from measles is at risk of contracting the disease and can spread measles to people who can not be vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions. "
Free Vaccines for MMR are available by calling:
– Rochelle County Health Department at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule a meeting to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona Healthcare Complex.
The Planning Family Planning Family of Countryside County Planning Family also provides vaccines against MMR with the appointment of patients for family planning. Patients from the family planning clinic can call 845-364-2531 to schedule an appointment. In addition, MMR vaccines are available to local health care providers or by calling a local federal qualified health center.
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