Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monsey Internist Calls on Hasidic Rabbis to Chastise Unvaccinated Followers

From here:

Dr. Yakov Tendler, a Monsey internist whose patients include many many of the Orthodox community, said that he has treated some adults with mumps who had been fully immunized (*) but contracted the disease from a child.

"There are a lot of crazies out there who are putting their children and everyone else at risk," he said.

Religious leaders have to make it clear that children must be vaccinated, he said.

"The rabbinic community has to chastise congregants who are not vaccinating," he said.

* The vaccine's success rate is 72 -91 percent. This is why immunized people sometimes contract it. To date the mumps outbreak in Borough Park and Monsey is almost entirely a Hasidic affair, but the very real danger exists that the disease will cross over into non-hasidic communities as vaccinated but susceptible people come into contact with infected hasidim.

See these two posts for full details: 1 and 2

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