Measles emergency in NYC

Measles epidemic spreads to Westchester — 8 unvaccinated kids contract disease

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.

Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients. Advocates say no one should be forced to take the vaccine because of the side effects that could have long-lasting impacts. It is safe. It is effective.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that causes fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Those personal rights, however, at some point in time cross over and impact the rights of others.

Avi called Bill de Blasio an anti-semite, and stressed that measles outbreak wasn't affecting that many people.

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children.

On Tuesday, the mayor declared a public health emergency requiring unvaccinated residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to get the vaccine or pay a potential $1,000 penalty.

The most recent tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 465 cases across the U.S.so far this year, two-thirds of them in NY state. In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the USA was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

Because measles is an airborne virus, Amler said, residents who think they have contracted it should not make unannounced appearances at their health care provider.

"These are skills that we practice every day", Palacio said. To them, fear of the unknown outweighs fear of a disease that they have never seen in their lifetime.

"'If we catch people early enough, we can give them medication", Kiernan said. "They have experience gaining people's trust". As confirmed, Measles is affecting especially the unvaccinated children who are aged 18 years and lesser.

"Our goal is not to fine anyone", de Blasio said. 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 we're also trying to help everyone understand there is urgency here". He said the city would issue violations and possibly fines of $1,000 to those who did not comply.

Officials said their efforts have paid off with 8,000 additional vaccinations in affected neighborhoods compared with the prior year.

Meanwhile, the Rockland County outbreak is believed to have exposed children in Westchester County.

"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots. The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak".

Now, Hortez told The Washington Post last week, of the 15 counties with the most nonmedical vaccine exemptions, half are reporting measles cases. Six of the infected children are siblings.

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