NY orders measles vaccinations in Brooklyn amid outbreak, mayor says

NY orders measles vaccinations in Brooklyn amid outbreak, mayor says

NY orders measles vaccinations in Brooklyn amid outbreak, mayor says

The New York City Department of Health has threatened to fine or even close USA yeshivas in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn if students who are not vaccinated against measles are allowed to attend classes.

"The City has worked aggressively to end this outbreak, and today's declaration of a public health emergency and new vaccine mandate, in combination with the blanket Commissioner's Orders for yeshivas, ensures we are using every tool to protect New Yorkers".

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

"This is an unusual action", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged, "and it's because of the sheer extent of the crisis".

De Blasio's vaccination order applies to all people, including children over six months old, who may have been exposed to the virus. Refusing to vaccinate could come with a $1,000 fine.

The Brooklyn outbreak has been traced to an unvaccinated child who became infected on a visit to Israel, which is also grappling with an outbreak, according to New York City's Department of Health.

The city also warned that yeshiva religious schools and day care programs serving the local Orthodox Jewish community would face penalties and possible closure if they continue to take in unvaccinated students. In the cases reported, about 400 to 500 people died each year.

"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.

Measles spreads easily via coughing and sneezing, and can result in serious health complications ranging from permanent loss of hearing to brain swelling and death.

"They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city' health commissioner, said in a statement.

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It is the first time New York City has ordered mandatory vaccinations in recent history, according to health officials. Most of the NY cases involved unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals, according to Mr de Blasio's office.

"I understand that parents may be afraid of getting their children vaccinated", health commissioner Barbot said.

Tuesday's announcement was the first time NY has ordered mandatory vaccinations in recent history, according to health officials.

As The Washington Post's Frances Stead Sellers reported, government pushes for inoculations and the barring of unvaccinated children from public spaces have prompted a backlash among anti-vaccination activists, whose misinformation campaigns have led to declines in immunizations against one of the world's most contagious diseases.

Officials blamed the outbreak on so-called anti-vaxxers who have spread false information.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio echoed de Blasio's comments citing the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine.

So far, there have been 285 cases of measles in the outbreak, 246 of which were in children.

The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. "I urge everyone to get vaccinated".

Like all but three American states, NY requires a series of vaccinations for school-age children but has until now granted exemptions on both medical and religious grounds.

Michigan's measles outbreak dates back to March 13, when the health department reported that the first case came from someone "visiting from Israel following a stay in NY".

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