Israeli student causes measles scare in Poland

The student appeared to be ill and reported his parents didn't immune her or her siblings, causing the Ministry of Health to dispatch a nurse to Warsaw and all group members getting vaccinated.

A parent of one of the students [R] getting vaccinated in Warsaw (photo credit: Courtesy)
A parent of one of the students [R] getting vaccinated in Warsaw
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A nurse was dispatched from Israel to Poland and 35 students, including their parents and teachers, were vaccinated against measles in Warsaw this week after one student showed signs of contracting measles from her siblings and reported her parents refused to inoculate her. 
 
"Regardless the fact two of her brothers are now in hospital [with measles], her mother thought it's a good idea to send her," wrote Makor Rishon reporter Rachel Malek Buda on social media, "now the Poles are in hysterics." 
 
Buda went on to say "now the Foreign Ministry is hard at work, the Ministry of Education is hard at work…all because one family made a personal decision and caused a big mess which wasted many hours of work and plenty of public funds." 
 
She offered a cynic "thank you" to all those who object to vaccinations for "leading us all to this point." 
 
In a press release the Ministry of Health stressed that the Polish Ministry of Health was informed of every step in the process and that after being vaccinated the guided tour of Poland will resume as planned. 
 
Judge Yehoram Shaked ruled recently that a divorced mother may vaccinate her daughter over the objections of her father. 
 
Shaked wrote that vaccinating against measles is "necessary and obligatory," as measles could become "an epidemic." 
 
He compared refusing to vaccinate children to "crossing a busy road with one's eyes covered."
 
Three million children died of measles around the world before the vaccination, his ruling stated. 
       


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