NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

Jewish children get off a Yeshiva school bus in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday. Some Orthodox Jewish residents say refusing measles vaccines is a part of their religious belief, but on the streets of Williamsburg there is also strong support for vaccinations and worries that the outbreak might spread.

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. Westchester's health commissioner says two had to be hospitalized. The MMR vaccine, she said, is "one of the most highly effective vaccines in terms of protection and it is lifelong". "That combination means this is the right time for this measure". Anyone who is unable to locate their vaccination record should get the MMR vaccine, as it is not harmful to receive additional doses.

A state judge sided with Mr. Sussman and the parents, issuing a preliminary injunction against the county's emergency order.

Other affected states include Washington with 36 measles cases, MI with 34 cases, California with 16 and New Jersey with 11. "Look, it's a serious public health concern, but it's also a serious First Amendment issue and it is going to be a constitutional, legal question", Cuomo said in a radio interview on WAMC. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives". The mandatory orders came after people stubbornly refused to get vaccinations for themselves and their kids.

"These are skills that we practice every day", Palacio said. Without knowing they are sick, an infected person can spread measles to others up to four days before the rash appears, and for up to four days afterward.

Authorities said they are now reviewing a bill to ensure that only patients with a qualified medical history like chemotherapy or organ transplantation will be given an exemption. "They have experience gaining people's trust".

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For those in need of the measles vaccine, the Westchester County Health Department will be offering free measles, mumps, and rubella shots during three clinics.

"We try always to respect religious rights, religious customs, but when it comes to public health, when we see a problem emerge, we have to deal with it aggressively", de Blasio said.

Dr. Maitiu O Tuathail, president of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland (NAGPI), said last month that the "single biggest driving force for the reduction in vaccination uptake is misinformation on social media".

Cities hit with Measles outbreak.

This outbreak is a result of mistrust amongst the residents which did not believe in providing vaccine to the children. "You have a larger pool of babies".

City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order. "I think it will help in getting the community covered", he said.

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