I like many of your readership have been following the stories of the Measles outbreak in FRum communities around the world.
It is truly amazing how a small group of uneducated people can go ahead and literally endanger the lives of thousands.
Our Yeshivas and most Rabbonim are following the direction of the health departments, and doing their very best to try to protect our children by taking a strong stance and not allowing unvaccinated children attend our mosdos. There are a few anti-vaxxers that are loud and forceful of their views and took the legal routes to force the Yeshivas to take them in against the wishes of the school.
Although we are dealing with snow in the forecast, we are just a few months away from Summer and Camp Registration is in full swing. Suddenly, it hit me like a lightning bolt as my husband and I are literally completing the application. Am I putting the life of my child in danger by sending them to a sleepaway camp where perhaps there maybe a child who may be carrying the measles around?
Unlike in school, my child won’t be sitting next to someone with a paper and pen. But he/she will be sharing the same pool, the same sleeping quarters, the same showers, the same eating tables and the list goes on and on!
The application now sits on my desk as my wife and I decide what to do.
Meanwhile, we put in a call to the camp to see what their policy is and how it will be enforced. Until we hear back from them this registration packet is staying on my desk for I will not put my life’s kid in danger this summer.
What are you planning on doing to protect your children this summer?
Sara K – Flatbush
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