Here’s what we know about Orthodox vaccination rates in NY

NY officials say measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish areas, blaming low immunization rates. But are other factors to blame?Ben Sales, JTA, 6/10/2019, 7:14 AM

'Why wouldn't we vaccinate our children?'

NYC posts message from director of kosher soup kitchen network in the city urging Orthodox Jewish community to vaccinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/15/2019, 8:03 PM

Rabbi Asher Weiss: Jewish law obligates vaccination

Leading authority on Jewish law says it is "not a recommendation" to vaccinate children, those who do not violate halakha.Yoni Kempinski/Antwerp, 5/14/2019, 4:08 PM

Dear Antivaxxers, not in the Name of God

Freedom of religion does not include freedom from facts. It also does not include the freedom to endanger others.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 4/19/2019, 7:30 AM

500 Jewish doctors sign letter calling for vaccinations

Doctors who serve Orthodox communities in North America join mass information campaign to encourage vaccination amid measles outbreak.Marcy Oster/JTA, 4/17/2019, 9:32 PM

Vaccination is Pikuach Nefesh

I plead that every anti-vaxxer read this critically important pikuach nefesh article.Rabbi.Dr. Aaron Glatt, 4/11/2019, 10:51 AM

NY county measles outbreak spotlights religious exemptions

Health commissioner supports push to end religious exemptions for vaccinations, says measles outbreak one of 'most challenging' crises.AFP, 4/8/2019, 11:03 AM

ADL: 'Wrong' to compare Holocaust to ban on unvaxxed children

Anti-vaccine activists are using a Holocaust-era yellow Star of David to promote their cause.Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 4/6/2019, 9:28 PM

The menace of waves of infectious diseases

Waves of infectious diseases struck Israel and other countries in 2018, causing considerable concern. In theory, infectious diseases have the potential to regain much of their power as a factor limiting the size and expansion of human populations.Lt.Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham , 2/5/2019, 7:13 AM

Vaccination bill passes first reading

Bill would require schools - from kindergartens to colleges - to bar entry to unvaccinated students and teachers during outbreaks.Mordechai Sones, 1/2/2019, 9:30 AM

The obligation to vaccinate

The scientific claims against the vaccine are based on research proven to be false. The halakhic rule that we follow the majority is also true in the field of medicine and here we go according to the position of the majority of doctors.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/16/2018, 7:41 AM

There is no religious excuse for not vaccinating your kids

Measles is a viral disease that can be prevented by vaccination. The myth that measles vaccines are associated with autism has been thoroughly debunked by scientific research.Dr. Alan Kadish and Dr. Edward C. Halperin, 12/2/2018, 12:10 AM

A 3-week-old baby contracted measles from his mother

3-week-old with measles is listed in stable condition after contracting the disease from his mother.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/26/2018, 1:10 PM

'Vaccination Bill' advances

Minister clear way for bill to ban unvaccinated students from schools following measles outbreak.Gary Willig, 11/18/2018, 10:53 PM

Measles vaccinations on the rise in Israel

Deputy Health Minister Litzman cautiously optimistic as number of residents receiving vaccinations grows. 'Measles still not behind us.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/8/2018, 8:47 PM

Infant dies of measles in Jerusalem

Baby with measles rushed to Sha'arei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.Ezra Sanders, 11/1/2018, 5:54 PM

Health Ministry to examine mandatory vaccination policy

Dep. Health Minister Litzman asks Health Ministry Director-General to examine possibility of making daycare conditional on vaccination.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/19/2018, 7:57 AM

MK advances compulsory vaccination bill

New bill seeks to combat parents choosing not to vaccinate children before kindergarten.Mordechai Sones, 8/14/2018, 8:52 PM

Haredi refusal to vaccinate caused measles outbreak

Medical report says 100% of measles cases were haredi Jews, 12 of them babies.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/4/2018, 11:42 PM

Can't agree on whether to vaccinate? The court will decide

Tel Aviv court ruling: If parents can't decide whether to immunize their child, the parent who insists on vaccinations is correct.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/23/2017, 3:22 PM

Parents didn't vaccinate, daughter suffers neurological damage

Unimmunized 4-year-old falls ill with pneumococcal disease.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/26/2017, 2:11 PM

Warning: Measles spreading across Europe

WHO warns low immunization rates leading to measles outbreaks, asks public to get immunized.Chana Roberts, 3/29/2017, 2:16 PM

Health Ministry urges public to vaccinate against swine flu

13 Israelis now infected with the virus, placing strain on national hospitals.Tova Dvorin, 12/25/2015, 10:06 AM

Government to Compensate Soldiers for Anthrax Vaccine Test

100 soldiers who say they were hurt by anthrax vaccine test to get 36,000 shekels.Maayana Miskin, 1/12/2014, 4:42 PM

Children with Immune Disorders Told: Stay Home until 2014

Children who have weak or absent immune systems were told by the Ministry of Health not to return to school until January.Kochava Rozenbaum , 8/22/2013, 10:52 PM

Anti-Polio Operation to be Expanded to All of Israel

The Ministry of Health has decided that the operation to vaccinate children against the polio virus will be expanded to all of Israel.Elad Benari, Canada, 8/9/2013, 9:53 PM

Anti-Polio Op. Faces Vaccine Fears

Mass immunization may be slowed as activist groups argue vaccines are dangerous.Maayana Miskin, 8/9/2013, 11:15 AM

Health Ministry’s Anti-Polio Op Begins

Health Ministry urges vaccines after finding 2.5% of children in south carry polio virus.Maayana Miskin, 8/4/2013, 10:22 AM

Traces of Polio Virus Continuing to Appear in Israeli Sewage

Traces of the poliomyelitis virus are continuing to appear in sewage in southern and central Israel, according to the Health MinistryHana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 7/11/2013, 8:47 PM

Oral Polio Vaccine to Be Given In Southern Israel

The Health Minister has decided to administer an advanced form of the oral polio vaccine to 150,000 children in southern Israel, in drops.Chana Ya'ar, 6/30/2013, 3:56 PM

Israeli Flu Season Arrives, 2 Cases Reported

Despite mild weather most days, and even people still on the beach, autumn is here and winter approaches. Flu season has arrived.Chana Ya'ar, 11/7/2012, 2:39 PM

Fears of Outbreak as Jerusalem Anti-Vaccine Trend Continues

Doctors fear that trend toward avoiding vaccine could mean a resurgence of childhood diseases in Israel’s capital.Maayana Miskin, 11/2/2012, 1:39 PM