The Israeli Health Ministry urges all those who have postponed their measles vaccination to immediately bring their children to one of many Tipat Halav children's health clinics for their shots as the number of cases of potentially fatal illnesses is rising in the Jerusalem region.
The Health Minister has announced that some hospitals, such as intensive care and oncology, will be out of bounds for all those who have not received a measles vaccine.
A highly aggressive vaccination campaign was implemented by the over-Orthodox Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman in several haredi neighbors in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, where vaccination rates are particularly low – around 50%.
Halav Blight Centers in Ramot, Givat Shaul, Ramat Eshkol, Romema, Sanhedria and Ramat Shlomo in Jerusalem as well as centers in Beit Shemesh and Beitar Illit will be open every day until late to try to avoid the illness described as extremely contagious and particularly dangerous for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and patients.
Additional mobile vaccination clinics were also dispatched to areas where the highest concentration of infection occurred.
About 753 cases of measles have reported to authorities in Jerusalem, with more than 1,300 cases since the beginning of 2018.
According to a Hadashot report, 90 to 95 percent of people infected by measles in the last outbreak had not been vaccinated.
Recently, an 18-month-old non-vaccinated child died of measles in Jerusalem.
Also, a child from the wealthy southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona was diagnosed with measles. Her childhood care, as well as her neighbors, was closed, with parents being pushed to vaccinate their children or give them commemorative shooting due to exposure.
Also, two elderly people who had never been vaccinated were diagnosed with measles in Golan's town of Katzrin.
17 children from the neighborhoods of Chassidic Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn, NY, have been reported to have the disease, as well as many children in London's Stanford Hill neighborhood.