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The Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that a chicken pox epidemic has broken
out in the UK, especially among the local haredi community.
going abroad, especially to the UK, were urged to be vaccinated against chicken
pox at their baby healthcare (tipat halav) clinics, health fund clinics,
district health fund or travelers’ clinics.
Those aged six to 11 months
old need a single dose; those aged from one year to 17 years need two doses at
least four weeks between them; and those aged 18 to 56 years also require two
doses at least a month apart. People who were born in 1957 or before are
considered immunologically protected, and they do not need a booster
The haredi community tends less to get immunized than other
A few years ago, an outbreak of the measles – which is also
highly infectious – among hassidim in the UK led to thousands of cases in
Israel, as many came for a huge wedding in Jerusalem.
It took many months
before the measles outbreak subsided here.