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NYC Mandates Vaccines in 1 Neighborhood Amid Measles Crisis, Threatens $1,000 Fine

NYC Mandates Vaccines in 1 Neighborhood Amid Measles Crisis, Threatens $1,000 Fine”

"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday. Officials blamed the outbreak on "anti-vaxxers" spreading false information.

All unvaccinated people in those areas who may have been exposed to the virus are required to get vaccinated, including children older than 6 months, according to the order.

The New York City Department of Health has ordered mandatory measles vaccination within a section of the Borough of Brooklyn, where there have been more than 250 documented cases of the highly-contagious disease since September. The city said it would help everyone covered by the order get the vaccine if they can't obtain it quickly through their regular medical provider.

The city's health commissioner, Dr Oxiris Barbot, said that the majority of religious leaders in Brooklyn's large Orthodox communities supported vaccination efforts, but that rates have remained low in some areas because of resistance from some groups that believed the inoculations were risky.

New York City on Tuesday, April 9, declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations amid an outbreak, becoming the latest national flashpoint over refusals to inoculate against risky diseases.

Cases have also been confirmed in Auckland and Christchurch.

City officials said Tuesday that 246 cases were in children.

'I understand that parents may be afraid of getting their children vaccinated, ' said Oxiris Barbot, the city's health commissioner.

Barbot cited a group of "anti-vaxxers" who are seeking to undermine the public health emergency.

"As a parent, I have no doubt that each and every parent is making decisions based out of what they believe is best for their children", said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio.

What's more, the more children in the community have it, the higher risk of exposure for kids with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, who need to avoid the virus.

"We're hoping it doesn't quite get that extreme".

Another outbreak has hit Orthodox Jewish families in New York's Rockland County.

The Brooklyn outbreak has been traced to an unvaccinated child who became infected on a visit to Israel, which is also grappling with an outbreak, according to New York City's Department of Health.

The commissioner is empowered by law to issue such orders in cases when they might be necessary to protect against a serious public health threat. Anyone who resists could be fined up to $1,000. Others remain convinced, against expert assurances, that vaccines are unsafe.

There have been 285 cases of measles since the outbreak began in the fall, mostly in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and the number has more than doubled since February.

"And it's everybody's option to do what he wants".

The announcement comes a day after DOH threatened to close Williamsburg yeshivas that allow unvaccinated students to attend school in light of the epidemic. "We'd have to confer with our legal team", Miranda said. Most have been in Hasidic Jewish communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Across the United States, there have been 465 measles cases since the start of 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

Infected persons should stay in isolation - staying home from school or work - during this time.

It said the vaccine was 97 per cent effective.

Measles "parties" stems from the once-popular trend of "pox parties" - intentionally exposing children to chickenpox, before the Varicella vaccine was rolled out in 1995.



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