New York – A letter signed by more than 500 doctors representing Jewish communities across North America condemned the spreading of misinformation about vaccinations and urged people to ignore campaigns intended to get them to not immunize.
“We are aware of the dangerous misinformation campaign being spread,” read the letter, “and reject any unproven unscientific statements that contradict all available current science-based studies on vaccinations.”
The letter, first reported on by Yeshiva World News, comes as the measles outbreak has spread across 20 states and has sickened more than 500 people. The Orthodox community is also battling the false perception that Jews do not vaccinate.
Statistics by the New York state and New York City health departments confirm that the vaccination levels in the Orthodox community is as high as in the gerenal population.
The letter is signed by recognized physicians from virtually all medical specialties from states including New York, New Jersey, California, Florida,Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. It also includes doctors from Toronto and Montreal.
“With the measles outbreak now hitting communities like Detroit and Baltimore and still very active in Rockland County and Brooklyn, the need to protect ourselves and each other has become of paramount concern,” said Dr. Edward Bennett, an emergency medicine physician from Queens and a sponsor of the letter.
“People think they are in the clear because they were vaccinated as children,” he added, “but unfortunately we are seeing numerous cases of healthy adults born in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s who are now taking their Titer Test, a blood test to measure immunity, and coming back with negative immunity to one or more of the diseases.”