Williamsburg Residents Divided on Vaccines, Despite Mayor's Health Emergency Declaration

Alicia Farmer
April 12, 2019

A public health emergency has been declared in NY in the U.S. due to a growing outbreak of measles. Close monitoring, plus education and outreach to further boost vaccination rates, are what now make sense for the Garden State, he and others said Wednesday. And the US Court of Appeals in 2015 upheld the city's mandatory vaccination law, ruling that exclusion of religious exemptions "during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease is clearly constitutional".

"This is a public health emergency", the Democratic mayor said.

As expressed by de Blasio, he not at all wants Measles to make a comeback in New York City and there is a need to stop it anyhow.

Sussman also represented a group of parents in suburban Rockland County who challenged the county executive's order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.

But Begun said a larger number may delay the first measles-mumps-rubella vaccine until 2 years of age instead of the recommended 1 year, vastly increasing the number of unvaccinated children who can be infected.

David R. Curry, executive director of the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, told China Daily: "Once your child is exposed and has measles, there is no better convincing argument to parents who may be questioning whether vaccinations work than when they have to come to grips with the fact that their child, because they were unvaccinated, suddenly has a potentially unsafe disease". Miriam's daughter doesn't want to vaccinate her children, she said, because she is anxious about the vaccines affecting brain function. 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. He said that most things that happen in Jewish communities get blown out of proportion, "If it [the outbreak] was true, there would be signs outside every synagogue telling people not to go in, and there aren't".

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Coffey said there can be cases where vaccines can give bad results, but the good far outweighs the bad.

Some in the Orthodox Jewish community oppose vaccines, saying it is a part of their religious belief or they refer to fears that vaccines will cause autism. Two drops of vaccination can lead to the prevention of Measles. Of the 285 cases, 21 people have been hospitalized and five have been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Public health is important, Lane continued, but it shouldn't restrict someone's ability to refuse medical treatment. She suggested that maybe parents should be compelled to homeschool their children, emphasizing the risk to the community.

TD Harris made his comments on Twitter in response to a tweet from Dr. Dominic Rowley, who urged the Wicklow TD to "Take a bold step and #banhealthyunvaccinatedkids from crèche/ school".

But Michael Weinstein, director of the New Jersey Immunization Network, called the mayor's move "the right thing to do", given the high case numbers and population density in NY. The city had little choice.

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