Should local Jewish schools require vaccinations? - Commentary

Should local Jewish schools require vaccinations?

RABBI DR. SHMULY YANKLOWITZ | Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 11:10 am

Recently, a part of the Orthodox Jewish community in Los Angeles was struck by a serious outbreak of measles due to the actions of some parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. So far, 20 people have been infected by the disease. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, none of these families were able to provide concrete proof that their children had been vaccinated. Not only was this choice counter to the interest of their children, it was a flagrant violation of the law (California lifted religious exemptions from vaccinations six months ago).

These Jewish families, lamentably, put their own children in grave danger, as well as placing children throughout the county at substantial risk. According to a report: “The county tracked down some 2,000 people who may have come into contact with the infected children and found that about 10 percent of them had also not been vaccinated.”

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