Rockland County Executive Ed Day wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that an Executive Order be issued or laws be passed to require that visitors from other countries present certification of appropriate immunization before being allowed entry to the United States. Before U.S. citizens travel to other countries it is strongly recommended that they receive certain vaccinations depending on the country they are visiting.
“I want the federal government to implement procedure that will demand presentation of immunization records to travelers coming into this country,” Day said.
Rockland County’s measles outbreak began when seven travelers from overseas visited while they were infected with measles. These seven people were the flashpoint for Rockland’s outbreak which has led to multiple hospitalizations in intensive care units and even an infant being born prematurely. There are currently 233 confirmed cases of measles since the outbreak began in Rockland in October of 2018 with many more cases going unreported.
The letter is attached below.
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