The city's health department is doubling down on its earlier order that yeshivas and daycare programs in Williamsburg be sanctioned if they failed to exclude unvaccinated students.
The health officials will try to persuade any unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles to get the vaccine.
Ironically, it is the very success of vaccines which has led to our complacency to vaccination.
In the face of this crisis, schools in Washington and NY are keeping unvaccinated children out of classes, and Rockland County executive Ed May declared that they should be barred from all public places in the county.
(Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Faced with an expanding measles outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio of NY declared a public health emergency on Tuesday and ordered a program of mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn". Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, or have had a lab test confirming immunity. Two of the infected children developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized as a result.
We learn about how low vaccination rates can put vulnerable members of our community in danger.
Residents are urged to communicate the importance of being fully vaccinated against measles with parents and guardians.
Painful rashes, diarrhea, even possibly blindness or deadly brain inflammation - these are all symptoms of measles. This is a disease that killed 110,000 people worldwide in 2017, and is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in the world.
"I'm concerned but I'm not at a point of crisis mobilization", Latimer said.
Instead, failure to vaccinate often is due to unfounded fears among people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, and financial means.
At least 90 percent of the public should be vaccinated to properly protect the community at large, he said. But you don't need to go as far as Madagascar - common tourist destinations like England, France, Italy and Greece had measles outbreaks a year ago.
"Once you delay it a few months, you exponentially increase the vector for infection", said Begun, who said families of eight to 10 children are typical in his practice.
McCarthy had a massive platform at the time of her son's heart-rending diagnosis for autism, so when she correlated that diagnosis with "dangerous chemicals" in vaccines, panic among parents ensued.
In neighboring Rockland County, there are 173 confirmed cases of measles.
Numerous parents hosting these parties have received misinformation about the safety of vaccinations, others claim that extreme religious beliefs drive their decision to not vaccinate their children.
"The measles vaccine is highly effective", Dr. Herminia Palacio, the city's deputy mayor for health and human services, said Wednesday.
"Our goal is to get people vaccinated", he said. Before researchers developed a vaccine, this disease once affected millions in the US and hospitalized tens of thousands every year.
"It is not the authority of the general government, county executive or legislators to make those declarations, and I think that is as it should be", Latimer said.
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