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Maimonides and Hatzolah Team Up to Combat the Spread of Measles

05.25.2019

Maimonides Medical Center and Hatzolah have taken important steps toward prevention and education regarding measles. The hospital and the iconic volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) organization recently held several vaccination drives in a joint effort to stop the disease from spreading.

From May 12-15, free vaccination drives took place at Hatzolah of Boro Park (3701 Fourteenth Avenue), Hatzolah of Williamsburg (518 Park Avenue) and Hatzolah of Flatbush (1880 Ocean Avenue). More than 200 Brooklyn residents were vaccinated during the events. Maimonides and its outpatient clinics continue to offer the measles vaccine regardless of ability to pay.

According to Kenneth D. Gibbs, President and CEO of Maimonides, “The successful turnouts we received truly demonstrate the power of collaboration. Many thanks to our outstanding nurses and physicians and to the dedicated team at Hatzolah for partnering together for this important initiative.”

“Since Hatzolah is called upon first for emergencies and Maimonides is a strong partner in the handover and continuity of care, we are ideally positioned to help improve the health of our communities,” says Henry Halpert, Coordinator, Hatzolah of Boro Park. “Maimonides was generous to provide the staff and vaccines at our various locations, and the community response was very positive.”

Isaac Ungar, Coordinator, Flatbush Hatzolah, added, “This was a wonderful collaborative effort encompassing several of our Brooklyn neighborhoods. We were happy to participate and work together with Maimonides to raise awareness about vaccines and ensure the drives were a success.”

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations are recommended for infants over the age of six months or anyone who has not received the vaccine. Toddlers and adults who only received one MMR shot are also advised to get vaccinated.

“Measles is a preventable disease,” explains Dr. John Marshall, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center. “Together with Hatzolah and other community organizations, we’re committed to raising vaccination rates and protecting vulnerable populations who are most at risk for contracting measles, particularly children with compromised immune systems who cannot be vaccinated. The vaccine is completely safe and plays an important role in preventing the spread of measles.”

The MMR vaccine is available at the following Maimonides outpatient clinics:

Adult Primary Care: 1250 57th Street -1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11219 718-283-5700

Pediatric Primary Care: 1301 57th Street - 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11219 718-283-3640

7th Avenue Primary Care: 6323 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-283-6980

Newkirk Primary Care: 1401 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 718-283-1600