New York County Bans Unvaccinated Minors in Public Amid Measles Outbreak

March 27, 2019

Rockland county, a northern suburb of New York City, put into motion on Tuesday a ban against unvaccinated children in public places in response to a measles outbreak. The AP reports that, for the next 30 days, minors who have not been vaccinated will be barred from shopping malls, civic centers, schools, restaurants, and even places of worship. Violating the ban could result in a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail. The best way to stop the disease’s spread is by getting 92 to 95 percent of the community vaccinated, experts say. According to a county executive, only 72.9 percent of people under 18 in the county have been vaccinated. Since last fall, more than 150 people have been infected in the area.