On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported that the total number of measles cases in the country reached 1 401, most of them in Jerusalem with an infection of 838 people – and the vast majority of these cases are in ultra-Orthodox families.
After an extraordinary meeting on Monday, the ministry introduced a new "intense" measure to curb an increasing number of cases by extending hours at the workplace of the family (tipat halav) until 20:00. for vaccination; the recruitment of more nurses and medical staff for vaccination; sending mobile vaccine units to specific neighborhoods where parents typically do not expect their children; and refusing access to schools and some areas of hospitals to individuals who have not been vaccinated.
The ministry's efforts seem to work because the family health center in the Nahlaot eclectic district of Jerusalem was particularly surrounded on Wednesday afternoon by reports of this increase in measles cases.
The waiting room was full of parents sitting and standing, while the floor was littered with babies in the stroller, and the toddlers crawled across the floor – all waiting for them to get their children vaccinated against measles.
Most families had religious background.
Two mothers with toddlers said it Jerusalem Post Office that they are waiting for their first round of measles vaccination for their children.
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One mother who wore a long skirt and a blanket that did not give her a name said to the post: "I did not wait for my children before, but after the outbreaks I decided it was time." The mother of a 15-year-old toddler repeated her interest and behavior.
In Israel, centers offer tipat halav ("milk drop") free early care for mothers and children from pregnancy up to six years. One of the main services they offer is vaccination against infectious diseases such as measles.
Maya Asher, a two-year-old mother in the Jerusalem German colony, revealed post that it is not a question of whether she should vaccinate her child; as soon as she needed her, she brought her daughter to the local clinic to immunize her, not only from the mite, but from all the infectious diseases she could protect her baby.
Children aged 2 months and older may begin the first round of measles, mumps, rubella and smallpox vaccines.
Asher explains that in the day center where her daughter is attending, all mothers from secular or nationally religious streams are aware of this outbreak, vaccinating their children, and question whether their origin is from the Hare community.
"I was sure they came from these" anti-vaccinations of the hippie people, "but the other mothers – and now I – are beginning to think that ultra-orthodox families immunize their children," she said.
Asher now fears that he may need another round of vaccine to protect himself from this flare.
Last week, an eighteen-month-old child died of parental pigs. These were the first measles victims in Israel in 15 years.
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