Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the USA and it can spread.
In an interview published Sunday with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, minister Jens Spahn said parents who can't prove their children have been vaccinated for measles should have to pay up to 2,500 euros ($2,790).
The measles outbreak continued to grow this past week, with 60 new cases added to its already-astronomical total for this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "We must do everything that we can to prevent measles from gaining a permanent foothold in NY and prevent the further spread of disease nationally", said Dr. Arthur Fougner, president of the Medical Society of the State of NY, in a statement.
Between the span of January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of the measles were confirmed in 23 states, which continued to extend the new high for year-to-date cases since the measles were eliminated from the United States in 2000.
This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week, and the greatest number of cases reported in the country since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC. Last week's cases included 41 in New York City and 11 in nearby Rockland County. The outbreak has largely been driven by more than 400 cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that have primarily involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community. His comments were in reference to misinformation about the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine, which is recommended to prevent the disease.
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Health officials across California are urging people to ensure they are vaccinated against the measles, particularly before traveling overseas.
Additionally, NYC Health Commissioner said in a web statement, 'a child should get a measles vaccine on or after their 1st birthday.
"Once measles is in an undervaccinated community, it is hard to control the spread of disease".
People who are planning to travel internationally who have not had measles or the MMR vaccine are advised to complete vaccination two to three weeks before departing to ensure protection against the disease. "Vaccination is our best tool", Messonnier said.