KINGSTON – As the measles outbreak continues to spread to the region, Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan has directed Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith to require measles vaccination or immunity for all campers and staff this summer, with the exception of those with a valid medical exemption.
Rockland County has well over 200 cases cumulatively since the outbreak began last summer.
Sullivan and Greene counties are now reporting cases as well.
“As county executive, I take the health of our residents extremely seriously,” Ryan said. “This is why we are taking proactive action to reduce the risk of a potential outbreak, which would be devastating for Ulster County.”
He said the health order reiterates what is already known, that vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent the highly contagious virus.
“Our response is directly proportional to the risk and we simply cannot allow for the possibility of a catastrophic and widespread measles epidemic taking hold in Ulster County,” said Dr. Smith.