Now that summer is in full swing, countless families are in the midst of a vacation or are possibly planning one, including international getaways. And if you're organizing a trip, you might be interested to learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) measles travel warning for vacationers in Europe. The alert is an important reminder to make sure your family's vaccinations are up to date before you hop on a plane.

With all of the measles outbreaks currently going on in the United States, some families might not be as focused on what’s happening in Europe regarding this highly infectious disease. 

But researchers at the CDC issued a warning Monday, June 17, reminding families that the measles outbreaks across Europe are just as alarming as the flare-ups in America.

“Measles is highly contagious, and the record number of measles cases in the WHO (World Health Organization) European region not only puts unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated travelers at risk, but also increases the risk for non-traveling US residents who come into close contact with returned travelers who are ill,” CDC researchers wrote in an article published to Pediatrics.

To put the CDC's warning into perspective, the World Health Organization's (WHO) website states that 34,300 measles cases were reported in 42 countries across the WHO European Region in the first two months of 2019. The majority of cases are in Ukraine, followed by Serbia, Israel, France, Italy, Russia, Georgia, and Greece, WHO states.

What's even more alarming? Measles-related deaths have increased in the region from 2017 to 2018, with the stat jumping from 42 to 74, according to WHO. Additionally, the total number of cases in the European region rose from 25,869 to 83,540 total cases.

Dorit Nitzan, the acting regional emergency director at the WHO in Europe, said about the European epidemic, according to The Sun: “We have observed an unprecedented upsurge in people sick with this preventable disease, and too many have lost their lives to it."

Given the severity of the outbreaks in Europe, researchers have concerns about families who plan to travel to the region this summer and in the months to come. Of course, this isn't to say you should cancel your upcoming trip or rule out a Europe-based getaway in the future — it's just important to adhere to medical guidelines if you plan to travel outside of the United States. And a big piece of that puzzle is making sure your family's measles vaccinations (MMR vaccine) are up to date.

"The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that travelers between 6 and 11 months of age receive an early, additional dose if traveling to measles endemic countries," researchers advised in their report, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Families should discuss with healthcare providers the risk of international travel with infants under 6 months of age."

Taking things a step further, make sure your child gets their first dose of MMR between 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose between 4 through 6 years of age, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) website. As medical experts have noted, the only way to prevent measles outbreaks is to vaccinate.

If you have any concerns about the measles outbreaks in the United States and Europe, don't hesitate to reach out to a trusted medical professional for additional information. 


New York becomes the latest state to remove non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation that requires schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if their parents have religious objections.  Maine, Mississippi, West Virginia and California have similar laws on the books. Start fines if they don’t go along with the programs as their decisions harm others.

New York is Ground Zero in the US measles outbreak, with 1,022 cases confirmed this year in 28 states. That’s the most cases reported in the country since 1992 and since the measles virus was declared eliminated in the US in 2000.

(CNN) Amid an ongoing measles outbreak, New York is requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday that removes nonmedical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. The law goes into effect immediately, his office said.  The move, which comes despite opposition from anti-vaccination activists and religious freedom advocates, puts New York alongside other states that do not allow non-medical exemptions: California, Mississippi, West Virginia and Maine.   NY county bans unvaccinated kids from public areas.

"The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe. This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the measles outbreak, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to end this public health crisis," Cuomo said in a statement Thursday. 

"While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks," he said. 

Cuomo signed the bill immediately after the Legislature passed it; the Senate voted 36-26 and the Assembly voted 77-53. The bills were introduced in January.

"We are dealing with a public health emergency that requires immediate action," state Sen. Brad Hoylman, sponsor of the Senate bill, said during the vote.

New York has become the epicenter of a measles outbreak in the United States that is now in its ninth month. More than 1020 people in New York have become sick, and New Yorkers have infected people in four other states.

The states that have reported cases to the CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

Regarding the new legislation, "this is a great step forward in protecting the public health here in New York," Ed Day, Rockland County executive, said in a written statement. His county is among those with the highest number of measles cases in the state.

"This law should lead to a substantial increase in vaccination rates and to improved protection of our most vulnerable residents; infants, the immunocompromised and those who have legitimate medical issues. With Rockland being an epicenter of the current measles outbreak, we greatly appreciate that our advocacy and local efforts were heard and acknowledged," he said.

Most of the cases in New York have been in Orthodox Jewish communities In Brooklyn and Queens with low vaccination rates.Health authorities in New York say they've faced formidable challenges to quell the outbreak: anti-vaxers who specifically targeted the state's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, bombarding them with lies that vaccines cause autism.

"We are now countering not only the vector of the measles virus, but we're countering the vector of the anti-vaxers, and that message -- that insidious message -- is just as challenging as the most contagious virus on the face of the earth," said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

New York health authorities face an additional challenge: ultra-Orthodox Jews travel frequently to Israel and Europe, where there have been more than 100,000 measles cases this year.

When asked whether she thought the outbreak would end by the fall in order to keep the country’s measles elimination status intact, Barrbot didn't answer.  "We are working every day, day and night, to ensure that we get the message out that vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to keep families and communities safe," she said.

Thats why we have an International Measles outbreak now spreading across the United States and world wide because of stupid rumors and lies told by some religious leaders in small sectarian communities.  These people who never got vaccinated believed the lies and untruths they were told and then spread them even further.  I take it personally because they are of my faith, and it’s wrong.  

It is now considered an epidemic in NYC.  False truth and ignorant opinions were believed by those short on knowledge and traditionally follow ancient customs.  Knowingly letting a child become exposed and getting sick is a crime in both a moral law by neglecting your child’s welfare and Gods eyes by morality.  All of the epidemic could have been avoided.


 As of May 24, 25,510 doses of the MMR Vaccine have been administered to people who are under 19 years old in Williamsburg and Borough Park since October … Many of these folks that work in the Hassidic Community ( Ultra Orthodox Jews) do not believe in Vaccinations and the information portrayed by some of their clergy making prevention some kind of religious farce, did create an epidemic in NYC and now twenty two states.  They should be in jail.  Many from this group work in B&H and have refused vaccination.  It is a one Thousand dollar fine.   

New York City followed through on its threat to fine people who refused to get measles vaccines on Thursday.  The city's health department issued civil summons to three people a week after issuing an emergency order requiring anyone 6 months or older who lived in four specific zip codes -- all in Brooklyn -- to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine within 48 hours. Each person will be on the hook for a $1,000 fine.

MORE: ‘Patient zero’ of Michigan measles outbreak thought he was immune: Doctor says he’s not and now has it and possibly spread it to many people.  The Zip Codes -- 11205 in Clinton Hill, 11206 in Bushwick and 11211 and 11249 in Williamsburg -- are all in predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities.   "Since the Emergency Order took effect, the Health Department carefully investigated cases with the help of its disease detectives," the health department said in a press release. "Many of the people who were contacts of individuals with measles had proof of vaccination, however the Health Department identified three children who were exposed to the measles but still unvaccinated as of April 12."

The infection was mostly carried by Hassidic Jews many who just returned from a pilgrimage to Israel where there is an epidemic.  It was traced to a baby.

The Hassidim, one part of the ultra orthodox sect of the Jewish faith is one or two notches above my pay scale and my beliefs.  I am in the middle, I am a conservative Jew, not a lunatic, fanatic, devotee, extremist, visionary, zealot, enthusiast, radical, diehard, maven, blind follower, nor fundamentalist.   I am a simple believer and My God is good to me, and we get along great. He accepts me as I am. I do good things and I am rewarded.

Every religion in this world is man-made and most are made by mad men.  When beliefs in supernatural and old stories get passed as truth, unsupported from books heavily rewritten from fourth or fifth generation story tellers, changed, amplified, modified and regurgitated beyond normalcy and given as the art of living,  I am frankly embarrassed. All of the problems in this world may be attributed to some form of extremism stemming from religious beliefs.


Note: I am Jewish, born and raised and follow most of the tenets of my faith.  On a one to ten scale from atheist to extreme believer,   I might hit a strong six.   The Hassidem Orthodoxy dress and habitat (cloister) very similar to the Mennonites and Amish who also do not believe in vaccinations.  They too have mini-cults within the sects and argue constantly over religious protocols which in reality don’t count in the normal world.  It’s a world of constant discussion, posturing,  philosophy, misconceptions, lots of hierarchy bullsh*t, rules regulations, habits, prayer and traditions.  And if they spent more time doing important things on earth, rather than in heaven, this would be a nice place.  Lots of smart minds who missed the turnoff and the train went down another track.

Most came originally from that part of Europe near the German - Poland border and dress as they did in the 1890’s.  No religion is above the law and the city of NY is taking proper action.  They don’t believe in vaccinations for themselves, thats ok but when they become carriers willing to infect a whole city... Thats not Kosher.

I did get a measles booster, hedging my bet.   I also have current HEP-A shots for my protection dealing in food services as a critic and investigator.  Traditions are one thing, God never intended for you to be sick and he gave the answers to the scientists to prevent sickness. We now have an Hepatitus-A epidemic in Tampa, Florida.

Anti-vaccine advocates have swayed parents in New York to refuse immunizations for their kids, sparking two of the largest measles outbreaks in the state’s recent history, according to local health officials. 

As of April 10, at least 285 people in New York City — mainly in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods — had fallen ill.   The numbers have tripled. 

In nearby Rockland County, 168 people have caught the virus. The outbreaks have prompted health officials in both areas to declare states of emergency. 

In the city, officials ordered mandatory immunizations among unvaccinated people on Tuesday, threatening those who opt out with fines. 

Nearby Rockland took the unusual step of barring anyone under the age of 18 who hadn’t been vaccinated for measles from public places for 30 days in March. 

What’s notable here is that the affected communities are closely linked: Cases are occurring mostly among unvaccinated or under-vaccinated Orthodox Jews, particularly children. When asked why people are opting out of vaccines, the New York City health department said anti-vaccine propagandists are distributing misinformation in the community.

The fear mongers include a group called PEACH — or Parents Educating and Advocating for Children’s Health — which appears to be targeting the Jewish community with misinformation about vaccine safety, citing Rabbis as authorities, through a hotline and magazines.   Rabbis are not Doctors and should stick to fixing souls and other workings.   


NOTE: I make it very clear, I am Jewish, Conservative or what I call a normal Jewish person and live a respectful, believing life that will go on without the ultra orthodox beliefs and traditions.  They ( The Hassidem)   are mentally stuck in the German-Polish border region just as the Mennonites and the Amish are and many of their traditions overlap, clothing attire, formalities and customs went out in 1890 and no need for this in a society as modern as we are.  Regardless, it is their call I and I wish them well, but  don’t sacrifice your kids for heretic stupidity.

Rabbi’s without knowledge, certificates, education, or familiarity with immunology are calling the shots for their followers.  This is one of the leaders in the Orthodox sect of Hassidem, in Williamsburg, Boro Park and Rockland.   

Brooklyn Orthodox Rabbi William Handler has also been proclaiming the well-debunked link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.  He said,  “ Parents who placate the gods of vaccination” are engaging in “child sacrifice,” he told Vox.  He has extensive information, he gathered in 2013. Probably from supermarket magazines… and scrawling on the wallS Called  “ You are Dead: See The Scrolls”  

“ At the instigation of the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a number of prominent Jewish pediatricians have stepped forward to warn the Jewish community that they must immediately subject their children to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) 3-in-1 combination vaccine for their protection.  

The reasons were substantial. “The reason given,  is that a high number of measles cases in the Jewish community, and, therefore, parents must immediately protect their children.  

He disagreed and stated “I propose to give an alternative view, based on five years of research into the vaccine industry and the practices of the DOHMH and the CDC.” 

EDITOR:  Dear Rabbi:   With due respect, I am Jewish and have conservative Rabbi’s in my family.  I do not see you as some kind of a researcher with credentials, factual testing and your opinion is worthless in academia as the leader of a great peoples.  I call you out as a fraud and you should with God’s will stick to your 1890 style of oppressed living and forcing people to live in enclaves of another century with customs and traditions that are not capable of free thinking. 

Meanwhile the great option GOD gave us was to better the world we live in rather than follow a bunch of erratic, mentally over cooked religionists,  and close to the others, the Amish and the Mennonites who also live in a cloistered different century.  Wake up and smell the roses, kill the cheap knockoff wine, get the correct Mogen David, I like the Concords and Blueberries even cook with it using it like Marsala on occasion.             


Last fall, when the outbreak started, In talking to Orthodox Jews in New York about the outbreak and their vaccine concerns.   And I learned that a minority ( Like the Hassidem  and the Somalis distrust vaccines — for reasons that have (nothing) to do with religious doctrine. Yet the fact that some Orthodox Jews live outside the mainstream, avoid technology, and hold Rabbinic Opinion in high esteem may leave them particularly vulnerable to anti-vaxxers.  

” Being a religious Jew, you also get used to having a minority viewpoint,” (TRANSLATIONS: Cult thinking) said Alexander Rapaport, the CEO of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network in Brooklyn, and a public face of the Hasidic community. “So if something is not mainstream, it doesn’t take you away from believing it.” 

He also explained that some Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn go to school together, worship together, and live and travel together. This means a few unvaccinated people living in close proximity can be dangerous. But it also means making inroads with public health messages requires extra effort.  “ We see government invest in public health awareness a lot,” Rapaport said. “But it never trickles down to Yiddish speakers or people who don’t own TV sets.”  

SOLUTION:  ( Who’s fault is that? Buy a small TV and learn English, no one is making house calls these days) 

The story in New York is familiar: Other tight-knit communities — like the Somali-American community in Minnesota, the Amish in Ohio, and, more recently, Russian-language immigrants in Washington — have recently fallen victim to measles outbreaks as a result of vaccine refusal. 

This New York outbreak is a reminder of how vulnerable more insular groups can be to anti-vaxxers, and the unique challenges for public health advocates in countering their messages in these communities.

By now you must know one of my favorite expressions,  I was gifted with by one of the Chiefs of the Sioux Nation, The real Americans.   These plains Indians would say “Who Is More Guilty, The Liar Or The One Who Repeats The Liar’s Lies”. 

The epidemic now apparent in NY and spread to seven states and seven countries started in Israel. The best policy in this issue after reading how bad the lies were about Measles Infections and the lies being told in NY is I only accept opinions from verifiable sources with a name attached…and on just about anything anymore…  

No Simple Solution: As of 2019, No Vaccinations, have been invented for 

stupidity and ignorance …as yet