NYC mandates vaccine to contain measles outbreak

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department

NY introduced a mandatory programme and declared a public health emergency this week after 285 confirmed cases of measles...

Lawyer Michael Sussman said Wednesday that the city overreached its authority by threatening to fine residents of four Brooklyn ZIP codes if they refuse to have their children vaccinated. He also said schools in certain areas that permitted attendance by unvaccinated students could be fined or temporarily closed.

In New York, an worldwide traveler arrived in Rockland County with a suspected case of the measles.

"It was time to take a more muscular approach", Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference as the emergency measures were announced. Those who refuse to obey to get the Measles vaccine even during the outbreak will be handled one by one after consulting with the legal team.

A CDC report states that the USA had a notifiable measles outbreak in 1912, resulting in around 6,000 deaths every year, until scientists developed the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1963. "The vaccine has been proven safe and effective in preventing the spread of measles for decades and we have evidence".

Prior to the recent outbreak, the United States was declared free of circulating measles in 2000.

"I really can't stress enough that vaccination is the key to stopping any measles outbreak", Amler said. "Those who have the vaccination won't have to worry".

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children. The declaration comes after the NYC Health Department issued Commissioner's Orders last week to all yeshivas and day care programs serving the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg. One of the main reasons is an anti-vaccination movement that has spread misinformation around the world.

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However, state health officials said they are carefully watching the disease as it races through parts of the Northeast, the West Coast and the interior of the country.

As our partner in protecting the public's health, we need your assistance in educating parents and guardians about the dangers of measles and the benefits of vaccination. The news was good: Measles declined worldwide by almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with fatalities - mostly among children younger than age 5 - plummeting to about 90,000 per year from about 550,000.

"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.

City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order.

When parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they endanger not only their own child, but also the entire society which surrounds them.

However, Amler said, there are "vulnerable populations", such as children under 1, who may be unvaccinated. And that puts anyone with a compromised immune system in danger-including newborn babies who are too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women, and people with cancer or on immunosuppressive therapies because of transplants.

Since October, Rockland County has experienced a measles outbreak of more than 160 confirmed cases.

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