Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn

There is an ongoing measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn affecting Williamsburg and Borough Park. Cases have also been identified in Midwood/Marine Park and Bensonhurst. Most of the cases have occurred in Williamsburg and Borough Park. 

Students attending a child care program serving the orthodox community, or pre-K program or grades K-12 in a yeshiva who do not have the required number of doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine must be excluded from school effective immediately including those who are not in compliance with daycare and school MMR vaccine requirements and those with a medical or religious exemption. 

This exclusion applies to child cares serving the Orthodox Jewish community and yeshivas in the following zip codes: 

 

  • 11204
  • 11205
  • 11206
  • 11211
  • 11218
  • 11219
  • 11249

 

These zip codes may be changed or updated based on the status of the outbreak. For children attending daycare and pre-kindergarten, one dose of MMR is required; for children attending kindergarten through 12th grade, two doses are required.

If a parent needs to have their child vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, they should first check with the child’s medical provider. If they need to find a clinic for MMR vaccine, they can call the H+H clinics located in Brooklyn. Last, for children 4 years of age and older, they may be seen at the health department Fort Greene immunization clinic.

Students cannot return to school until they are appropriately vaccinated, or until the outbreak is declared over, even if they have an approved religious or medical exemption to measles immunization.