The New York State Department of Health is urging summer camps to require immunization for all campers and staff.
Unit Director Tasean Murdock with the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area said they follow the Albany County Department of Health’s guidelines. That does not require its 70-some campers to be vaccinated.
“We try and make sure that the information is given to the parent, but it’s about respecting their rights and how they feel about the various vaccinations,” Murdock said.
Scott Rosmarins owns Rosmarins Day Camp in Monroe, N.Y. He made it a requirement for both campers and staff to have vaccinations after seeing news of the outbreaks. Since October, there have been more than 500 confirmed measles cases across the state of New York.
“The health and safety and well-being of the campers is really my top priority. I’m taking care of other people’s children, and you know, I want to make sure they’re safe,” Rosmarins said.
The state department of health has sent out flyers for parents and guardians on how to prevent and report the disease.