All doctors in NYC receive alerts from the NYC Department of Health about important health issues in the city. I just received this:
The outbreak of measles among Orthodox Jewish communities in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn has ended. This was the largest outbreak of measles in the United States since measles elimination in 2000. A total of 58 cases were confirmed; the last case had rash onset on June 9. The outbreak began in a few extended families of vaccine refusers, and it was propagated by children whose vaccinations were delayed. No confirmed measles cases had documentation of vaccination at the time they were exposed to measles.
This is great news. However, as you can see, vaccinating your children saves lives. Again, it’s not about your kid, it’s about you and the kids around you. Vaccines are a social good.
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