Yeshivaworld has previously reported (HERE) about a measles outbreak in Yerushalayim & in the Frum communities in London.
Today, Arutz 7 ran a story which quoted Israel’s Health Minister Ya’akov Ben-Yizri; who said that 286 of 295 cases of measles in the Yerushalayim region were members of the Chareidi communities. The reported cases include patients living in Beit Shemesh and Beitar Illit – also Chareidim.
According to the Health Minister, the reason for the high outbreaks are due to the fact that there is a large percentage of the Chareidi community which adamantly refuses to get immunizations against dangerous diseases.
Their reasoning for refusing the vaccinations is due to “Frumkeit” (religious reasons), and due to a concern that Israel uses mercury-containing preservatives in the vaccines.
It is interesting to note, that Yeshivaworld has been informed that this problem is spreading throughout Frum communities worldwide – including Lakewood, Monsey, Kiryas Yoel, Brooklyn, Cederhurst etc.
It might be a good idea to remind the people refusing the vaccines, of the tens of thousands of people who would R”L die from outbreaks – which is all Boruch Hashem prevented today – thanks to vaccines.