Eight measles cases reported in New York's Westchester County

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 13, 2019

Girls play in a yeshiva schoolyard, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Williamsburg section of NY.

America's largest urban area, New York City, has taken the extraordinary move of making vaccinations mandatory for some people who may have been exposed to the measles virus in a hard-hit, predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure. Mr. Sussman told local NY media that he hoped to file a lawsuit by Friday.

Q: Is the vaccine safe? In fact, a study from The Atlantic states that about 92% of the population should be vaccinated for most diseases, and around 95% for highly contagious ones such as measles. Those personal rights, however, at some point in time cross over and impact the rights of others.

When a case is reported, Kiernan said, public health departments work together to confirm it is measles and then interview the patient to determine where they have traveled while infectious.

Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman called the order "an overreach of authority" and said a lawsuit challenging it will be filed this week. The WHO says there's been a 30 % increase in measles cases in recent years. This comes as Rockland County Executive Ed Day says his health department is finalizing new orders to combat a measles outbreak while a judge put his initial emergency declaration on hold. De Blasio also warned he might temporarily close non-compliant yeshivas in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community at the heart of the outbreak, according to The New York Times. There have been 168 cases reported in Rockland since the fall. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives". "Most people do vaccinate their kids, it has nothing to do with religion". People can spread measles before they even know they are sick.

Coffey added that, while it is important to accept others' opinions and let them make their own choices, people should be informed of the health risks associated with remaining unvaccinated. "They have experience gaining people's trust". Without protection from the vaccine, nine out of ten people who come in close contact with someone who is infected will get the disease, the DOH said. As a result, it has been too easy for misinformation about vaccines to take root and spread, because parents have the luxury of fearing the vaccines instead of the diseases. 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".

Let's also not forget the other life-saving vaccines that protect us against such potentially deadly diseases as polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal pneumonia, the flu, Haemophilus influenza type B, and HPV, which can cause cervical and throat cancers.

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

This outbreak is a result of mistrust amongst the residents which did not believe in providing vaccine to the children.

"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots".

This state of emergency banned children unvaccinated from measles (other than those with confirmed medical reasons) from public places. One of them was Cindy Scher, mother of four children age 7 to 17, all of whom have been vaccinated. The school requires students to be vaccinated, and Kotler said he was grateful they had done so.

New York City health officials have made vaccinations mandatory in its hardest hit communities, threatening fines up to $1,000 for noncompliance, The Associated Press reports. Six of the children are siblings.

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