Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mandatory Measles Vaccination Order Will Face Legal Challenge

Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mandatory Measles Vaccination Order Will Face Legal Challenge

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued mandatory measles vaccination to people living in or near Williamsburg. He also said schools in certain areas that permitted attendance by unvaccinated students could be fined or temporarily closed.

Opponents of New York City's emergency declaration ordering everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood to be vaccinated for measles will file a lawsuit this week, a lawyer working with the group said Wednesday.

The clinics are being offered in an effort to stop the spread of the virus following the news that eight Westchester County residents have confirmed cases of measles.

On Thursday, New York City public health officials were wrestling with the logistics of dealing with an estimated 1,800 children in the affected eras who they believe haven't been immunized.

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

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.

"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."

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Measles outbreaks have appeared in 19 states since the beginning of the year with the growing number of cases contributing to the now-second-largest outbreak in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Measles is highly contagious, infecting up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to it, the CDC said.

He also represents parents in Rockland County, a New York City suburb with a large Orthodox Jewish community, who challenged a local government executive order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.

Authorities will carry out the order by interviewing Williamsburg residents who have been diagnosed with measles and then interviewing everyone who those people have come in contact with. It's unclear whether "make sure people are vaccinated" means "hold them down and inject them against their will". "We have to protect our kids and our families", de Blasio said. In response, anti-vaccination protesters have begun wearing yellow stars, claiming that rules based on vaccination status are analogous to the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. None of the measles cases in Brooklyn has been deadly, but the measles virus- usually recognized by a rash of red spots- can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death.

The mayor said an estimated 1,800 children in the neighborhood are still unvaccinated, so it was "time to take a more muscular approach", he said.

Since October, Rockland County has experienced a measles outbreak of more than 160 confirmed cases.

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