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Measles outbreak: NY orders mandatory measles vaccinations

11 April 2019

- Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency Tuesday in the wake of the rising number of measles cases centered in Williamsburg's Orthodox Jewish community.

He also warned against "measles parties", where parents expose their children to the measles infection in a bid to give them immunity. "We need to remember the second [reason] as well as the first", he added.

Three 2018 outbreaks in NY state and New Jersey, which contributed to most of the cases recorded previous year, were all associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel, where a large outbreak is occurring.

"CDC strongly recommends against hosting or participating in these events", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) write of a disease far less risky than measles.

"It's very disturbing that we are being fined for something that we have a ideal right to do, and not vaccinate our children", she said.

'In general, the Orthodox community does immunize, ' said Dr. Joseph Kaplovitz, who works at the NYU Langone Stepping Stones Pediatrics clinic in Brooklyn's Borough Park. "The only way to stop this outbreak is to ensure that people who have not been vaccinated get the vaccine".

So far, 21 people to be hospitalized with the measles, including five people who required intensive care, according to Barbot, who noted there have been no fatalities. Those who do not comply could be guilty of misdemeanor violations and incur fines. According to the deputy mayor for Health and Human Services, Dr. Heminia Palacio, citizens should not take measles lightly as it is a very risky disease that can cause death in some cases.

Adalja also noted that there are babies being born all the time, who usually can't be vaccinated until they are about 1 year old.

"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving", he said.

Tuesday's structure pursues another announcement by the city's Health Department, issued multi day sooner, that any yeshivas in Williamsburg that keep on opposing the compulsory prohibition of every unvaccinated children will promptly be issued an infringement and face fines and conceivable school closures.

"This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000", it said.

A Williamsburg yeshiva that fell out of compliance in January is connected to more than 40 measles cases, ABC7 NY reported.

Since the Health Department issued its mandatory exclusion order in December, numerous schools violating the city's emergency mandate played host to mini outbreaks of the extremely virulent disease, including one Williamsburg yeshiva that inspectors have connected to more than 40 cases since January. Others remain convinced, against expert assurances, that vaccines are unsafe.

Barbot said 500 people would die each year in the '60s before there was a vaccine.

"I would say that we're not as anxious about it because we have a highly-vaccinated population", said Mick Bolduc, an epidemiologist for the Connecticut DPH's immunization program.

If you're looking to get a measles vaccination, you can call your physician, dial 311 or visit and enter your zip code to find the nearest location that offers the MMR vaccine.

Measles outbreak: NY orders mandatory measles vaccinations