NYC mandates vaccine to contain measles outbreak

Measles outbreak 2019 NYC NYC

Measles outbreak 2019 NYC NYC

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a public health emergency in Williamsburg after the area logged 300 measles cases in the past months.

Officials say none of the sick children attend public schools or go to child care programs.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is in the midst of the country's largest measles outbreak-but residents are still split on what should be done.

That fact places this community at the heart of the vaccination debate, raising the risk of fueling anti-Semitism, said Gary Siepser, president of the Jewish Foundation of Rockland County. Six of the children are siblings. Besides New York, there have been outbreaks this year in Washington state, California.

It stands mandatory for the unimmunized children and adults to get proper vaccinations to even prove it to medical exemptions.

The health officials will try to persuade any unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles to get the vaccine.

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the health commissioner of an outlying NY suburban county, is feeling "overwhelmed".

And we ask given continued fears in some communities around vaccines despite years of overwhelming scientific consensus about their safety, do we need to change how we talk about vaccines?

"It's really scary out there", she said.

"This is a public health emergency", the Democratic mayor said. Over the years, these vaccines have saved many lives, while causing few to no side effects. It comes with a fever between 103 and 105 degrees, cough, runny nose, reddening of eyes or conjunctivitis, and a rash in the form of small raised red dots. "He called me yesterday afternoon to tell me", she said of her son. Those who refused to get immunized within 48 hours will risk receiving violation tickets or incurring fines of $1,000.

Latimer said it would be under Amler's authority to declare any county-wide measures to contain the spread of the virus. "I don't think they should be getting fined, I think another penalty should be given", said Charlette Hamlin, 36, who is in favor of vaccinations for all. Those personal rights, however, at some point in time cross over and impact the rights of others.

Science has proven time and time again that immunizations are the safest way to prevent some of the scariest diseases out there-and that they have absolutely no connection to autism.

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. 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.

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. Protection against an infectious disease will occur only if at least 93 percent of a child's community is vaccinated.

As of Friday, measles - officially eliminated from the United States in 2000 - had struck 167 people in this county along the Hudson River, including nine new cases this week.