Some 500 doctors serving Jewish communities in North America have signed a petition asking all children and adults in good health to be vaccinated.

“We, the undersigned doctors, who faithfully serve the Orthodox Jewish communities of North America, urge all members of our community to receive all the recommended vaccines,” the letter reads.The letter is signed by state doctors from New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Toronto and Montreal.

“We are aware of the dangerous misinformation campaign underway and we reject any unconfirmed unscientific statement that would contradict all available scientific studies on vaccination,” the letter also said.

Right now there is a false perception going around that Orthodox Jews do not vaccinate.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The majority of Orthodox Jewish children are vaccinated, according to statistics released by the health departments of New York State and New York City. There is no religious reason for not getting vaccinated and leading rabbis in New York have called on their faithful to vaccinate their children.

The petition is targeting the small percentage of people who have refused to inoculate themselves.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 555 cases of measles so far in 2019. This is 50% more than the total number recorded in 2018.