NYC Mayor Orders Mandatory Measles Vaccinations After Brooklyn Outbreak

"The measles vaccine works.it is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested", said de Blasio at a news conference in the neighborhood. As of Monday, there were single reports of people infected in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. We can not allow this risky disease to make a comeback in New York City.

Health officials have largely blamed the outbreaks on small but vocal anti-vaccine advocates who scare well-meaning parents by spreading risky lies and misinformation about life-saving vaccines and their safety.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and can cause severe complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death. None proved fatal, but 21 patients required hospitalisation and five were admitted to intensive care. All but 39 of the confirmed cases are in children.

Measles "parties" stems from the once-popular trend of "pox parties" - intentionally exposing children to chickenpox, before the Varicella vaccine was rolled out in 1995.

Exposing kids to measles is even more unsafe. "We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk". The vaccine offers the same immunity boost without the ordeal of enduring the virus. Others remain convinced, against expert assurances, that vaccines are unsafe. New York City accounted for about two-thirds of all USA measles cases reported last week.

The United States declared measles eliminated from the country in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, meaning it is no longer constantly present.

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The Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel, which has recently seen a high incidence of measles, the Washington Post reported. All residents in the affected areas have been told to get vaccinated or face a fine.

Community leaders and doctors welcomed the move. 'The schools are cooperating, everyone's cooperating'.

That message was also echoed by Dr Herminia Palacio, deputy mayor of health and human services, who said that "this vaccine is safe". "We've seen a large increase in the number of people vaccinated in these neighbourhoods". 'They will do anything and everything to improve the health of their children'.

The reasons for the explosion of cases among members of insular, ultra-orthodox communities has more to do with their frequent contacts with Israel, which is undergoing its own measles crisis, combined with their insularity and mistrust of government.

Battling a fast-growing measles outbreak, New York City has declared an emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations under threat of fine in a Brooklyn neighborhood where the disease is spreading.

Non-vaccinated minors in the county were banned from public places in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, and hundreds of people have now been vaccinated, according to authorities. A state judge overturned that decision 10 days later. The order is being appealed by Rockland officials.

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