Agudath Israel of America, in conjunction with Hatzolah of Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg, and other community organizations and health care providers, is pursuing a coordinated, community-wide effort in New York City to make measles vaccinations available. In light of the ongoing outbreak, vaccinations will be made available with no fee, appointment, or insurance required. The events will take place simultaneously at Hatzolah garages in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg on Sunday, May 12th, 3-9 PM.
A component of this effort is to inform. The CDC and NYC Department of Health are now recommending that infants in outbreak areas receive their first MMR vaccination at 6 months old and receive the second dose at an accelerated schedule prior to 4 years old, to ensure they are protected. Also, those born between 1957 and 1989, when medical practice was to administer only one MMR dose, may not be protected. It is recommended that such individuals either perform a blood test to determine immunity status or simply receive a second dose. Individuals may speak to your doctor for specific guidance.
The immunocompromised, pregnant (or those who might be), highly allergic, and those who recently received blood transfusions or other vaccines, should ask their doctor prior to vaccinating.
The Agudah thanks the Hatzolahs of Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg; Boro Park Jewish Community Council; Flatbush Jewish Community Council; United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg (UJO); Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Health, and the New York Community Hospital for partnering to make this endeavor happen. May we all be gezunt.
Hatzolah of Boro Park
3701 14th Ave
Hatzoloh of Williamsburg
518 Park Ave
Hatzoloh of Flatbush
1880 Ocean Ave
Relatedly, Achiezer and Hatzalah of Nassau County, JCCRP, YIW, Kamin Health, Mount Sinai, and South Nassau Communities Hospital have partnered to offer measles immunity status testing in Woodmere to anyone appropriate for testing:
859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere, NY 11598
Sunday, May 12th 10AM – 2PM
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
Excellent. I myself wanted to get the shot, but the blood titer test showed that I was positive for MMR. I probably had the measles as a kid!
I have blasted Agudah on this issue for doing nothing. Although late to the game I am happy to give props to see Agudah and others finally taking the initiative and doing something. Thank you Agudah (and others)!!
Thanks to the Agudah – Hatzolah and all those involved!