NY orders mandatory vaccinations amid measles outbreak

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in Williamsburg Tuesday over a measles outbreak. A Williamsburg yeshiva that fell out of compliance in January is connected to more than 40 measles cases, ABC7 NY reported.

As part of the declaration, every unvaccinated person living in the ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 - regardless of whether they have been exposed to the infection - are required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to stymie the outbreak. Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000.

The city can't physically force someone to get a vaccination, but officials said people who ignore the order could be fined US$1000 ($1325).

New York City's health commissioner is empowered by law to issue such orders in cases where they might be necessary to protect against a serious public health threat.

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.

In 2018, there were 56 instances and there have been more than 225 cases already this year. Barbot said that 21 people have been hospitalized, and five have ended up in the intensive care unit.

"When you make the decision not to vaccinate your child, please understand you're also making that decision for the people around your child", Ms Palacio said.

Of the 285 confirmed cases, 246 are children and 39 are adults. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science.

Most of the NY cases involved unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals, according to Mr de Blasio's office. "We've seen a large increase in the number of people vaccinated in these neighbourhoods, but as Passover approaches, we need to do all we can to ensure more people get the vaccine".

The measles vaccine, which the CDC recommends children get two doses of, is 97 percent effective, according to health officials. Newborns, pregnant individuals, and those with weakened immune systems can not get vaccinated, so it is important that everyone around them be vaccinated in order to protect them from contracting the virus and prevent severe complications in these susceptible populations.

CBS reported that the "vast majority" of children in the largely ultra-Orthodox community of Williamsburg are vaccinated, but that the disease continues to spread due to how tight-knit the community is. "I know that getting vaccinated is far safer than getting measles". This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", de Blasio said, who also assured the public that the vaccine "is safe".

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced Tuesday that they were setting up a special team to oversee and manage the agency's response to ongoing measles outbreaks.

He said he had seen misinformation circulate around the tightly knit community, but that most families trusted the Health Department.

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