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Claiming that "who has not been vaccinated as a killer," a group of older Harad Rabbi issued a public letter ordering the community to immunize their children due to the outbreak of the measles that had already led to the death of the child.
According to rabbinic lighting bodies, child immunization is indispensable to Jewish law. "Who does not kill a killer," he read the message.
"Every father had to make sure that his son and daughter were immunized immediately," the rabbi continued, adding that "the father has no right to prevent them from the vaccine, especially after recent events."
Among the signatories were also senior fishermen's authorities, including rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein, rabbi Shimon Ba & # 39; adani, rabbi Yisrael Rosenberg and rabbi Menachem Mendel Lubin.
Haredi communities in the United States and Israel have been causing the onset of measles in recent years. The Ministry of Health states that the number of those infected with the measles in Israel is approaching 1,400 people, and more than 60% are infected by Jerusalem residents of the hared sector, many of whom have not been vaccinated.
The measles epidemic found its first victim when 18 months of old child died after contracting this disease. The boy did not breathe and did not have a pulse when he came to the hospital.
Health officials and community groups reported relatively low rates of vaccination in Orthodox quarters. Some accuse the misguided perception of fierce religious Jews protecting themselves from infection with the relatively isolated nature of their communities, in addition to rumors, unfounded to public health officials, about the dangers of vaccination
As a result of the concentration of cases of measles among the population, the Ministry of Health is working on sending specific mobile vaccinated units to Haredi communities to prevent the spread of the disease.
The disease was not limited to Israel. After the epidemic of measles in New York, the City Health Department last week included people from the community to boost vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), including rabbi David Niederman, president of United States Jewish Organizations Williamsburg and North Brooklyn and rabbi Avi Greenstein Councilor of the Jewish Community Boro Park.
"He says in the Torah," I do not want Meod L & # 39; nafshoseichem, that a person must keep their health, "Niederman said in the Health Department's edition of the newspaper. "It is clear that there is a need for parents to ensure that children are cleansed, especially from the measles."
The health department works with local health professionals, religious schools and Orthodox newspapers to expand the word on vaccines.