NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

Alicia Farmer
April 13, 2019

Dr. Oxiris Barbot, New York City Health Commissioner, said that the objective of the order is to make MMR vaccine easily available to people, not fine or penalize anyone.

Director of Lee Health Services at Lee Rachel Coffey said that vaccinated people are still at risk of getting the virus.

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

A civil rights attorney says opponents are planning a lawsuit this week over New York City's order requiring everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles. Two additional cases were confirmed in Sullivan County. But unvaccinated children and adults pose very real dangers to infants too young to be vaccinated, to people with compromised immune systems (such as those undergoing cancer treatment), and to pregnant women whose unborn babies can be infected. There is no scientific evidence for this, and by not vaccinating your child you are only putting your children and everyone else at risk. Citizens have been ordered to get vaccinated against Measles with immediate effect, and the failure to follow the orders will result in a $1000 fine.

Measles is a contagious viral disease with complications including swelling of the brain, pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea. Almost 83 000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in a decade.

"I think it's unfortunate in this day and age that people are still that uneducated and fearful when it comes to vaccinations", Jasey said Wednesday.

Vaccinations are one of the most powerful tools we have for protecting and improving the public's health.

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The city has ceaselessly worked over the past year to raise awareness about Measles vaccinations.

The law would not affect the testing of pilots, truck drivers, law enforcers, construction workers, and workers who supervise children or medical patients.

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.

"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving", said de Blasio. 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. Last year's overall total was 372 cases. To them, fear of the unknown outweighs fear of a disease that they have never seen in their lifetime.

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

Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine at one of these clinics should register in advance for an appointment at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60.

"I join the physicians of our state in urging all parents to immunize their children on time as per the (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) schedule and not just in times of crisis", the rabbi said. During the third week of March, exposed individuals visited a dozen different locations on multiple dates, including several facilities associated with Orthodox Judaism, children's stores and restaurants in Lakewood, a regional emergency room, and Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal B.

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