Rockland official wants schools to have at least 95% measles vaccination rates

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SPRING VALLEY -

The Rockland County commissioner of health says she wants schools to have at least 95 percent measles vaccination rates.

There have been 128 cases of the measles in Rockland County in a four-month span, and there have been a number of free MMR vaccine clinics.

"Since Oct. 3, we have provided 14,449 MMR vaccines - 13,903 of them we provided to children," says Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Ruppert.

The outbreak was mainly contained within the Orthodox Jewish community.

News 12 requested documents from the state that show MMR vaccination rates as low as 42 percent during the 2017-2018 school year, even though the state requires all students to be vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exception.

Some schools that didn't provide vaccination rates to the county were fined thousands of dollars.

News 12 went to the Skill Building Center in Spring Valley, a yeshiva with a 46.6 percent MMR vaccination rate. After being told to wait in the cold, News 12 was kicked off the property.

Dr. Ruppert does say that things are getting better.

"The rates in those schools have improved over time," she says.

LOWEST MEASLES VACCINATION RATES IN ROCKLAND COUNTY 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

SCHOOL NAME                                       % IMMUNIZED MEASLES              ADDRESS

CONGREGATION MESIFTA                                    0               73 MAIN STREET, MONSEY, NY 10952

GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL                42.3         307 HUNGRY HOLLOW RD, CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY 10977

YESHIVA OHR TORAH                                             43.4          360 ROUTE 306, MONSEY, NY 10952

THE SKILL BUILDING CENTER                               46.6          15 WIDMAN CT, SPRING VALLEY, NY 10977

IMREI SHUFER                                                          47.9       100 S. CENTRAL AVENUE, NANUET, NY 10954

CONGREGATION NOAM E LISENK                         55.5       100 S CENTRAL AVENUE, NANUET, NY 10954

CONGREGATION BAIS CHINUCH ATERES BNO     62.5                            261 RTE 306, MONSEY, NY 10952

YESHIVA TZOIN YOSEF PUPA (BOYS)                       65.9           15 WIDMAN CT, SPRING VALLEY, NY 10977

CONGREGATION BAIS CHANA MALKA                   68      185 N MAIN STREET, SPRING VALLEY, NY 10977

TORAS EMACHU                                                         68.1              70 HIGHVIEW ROAD, MONSEY, NY 10952

Source: New York State Department of Health

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