Rockland official wants schools to have at least 95% measles vaccination ratesPosted: Updated:
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