US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergencyBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1481 (Published 28 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1481
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York, USA
In the face of a six month measles outbreak, Rockland County in New York has declared a state of emergency and banned unvaccinated children under 18 from schools, stores, restaurants, and houses of worship. Outdoor spaces such as playgrounds are not included.
County executive Ed Day announced the ban at a press conference on 26 March “to prevent any more children from falling ill with this dangerous disease. Anyone who is under 18 years of age and is unvaccinated against measles will be barred from public places until the declaration expires in …