Village of New Square collaborates with Rockland County to end measles outbreak

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NEW SQUARE – The Hasidic Village of New Square said its support of Rockland County and the state in their efforts to contain and end the measles outbreak.      

          As of Thursday, there are 212 cases confirmed of which 107 have occurred in 2019, county officials said.

          Mayor Israel Spitzer, Thursday, issued a statement saying they “recognize the urgent need to increase immunization compliance and pledge support and continued collaboration.”

          He said since the outbreak began last October, they have worked with County Executive Edwin Day and his office, area schools and Refuah Health Center “to provide increased outreach and education aimed at combating vaccine hesitancy and increased recommended immunizations.”

          The mayor said they “encourage timely vaccinations.”

          All adults born before January 1, 1957 should check their vaccinations records to see if they have received two measles or MMR shots. For children and adults who are not immunized or for those who are unsure of their vaccination history, they are advised to contact their primary care provider.

          Spitzer said the Refuah Health Center continues to offer vaccinations at all Rockland County locations. Refuah may be contacted at 845-354-9300.