As the measles outbreak continues to spread, causing growing fear in its wake, NY communities of ultra-Orthodox Jews, face accusations that they are a contributing source for the outbreak of the disease.
Though according to community leaders, up to 97% of their members do adhere to the vaccination program, dictated by the health authorities, a minority still holds out, despite efforts, by religious leaders and physicians, to educate them that the MMR vaccine as the cause for autism, has been scientifically disproved.
Additionally, religious and community leaders including 500 local rabbis have published in the Jewish papers, a public manifest to assure readers there is no question of dietary restrictions on the vaccine, while keeping kids who have not received the vaccine out of schools is acceptable and in fact required in order to protect…
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