Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works

The disease is transmitted when people who have not been vaccinated come into contact with others, so areas around global airports or proximity to communities who shun vaccines are of particular concern. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said people in affected areas will face fines of up to $1,000 if they fail to get vaccinated or vaccinate their children.

Sussman also represented a group of parents in suburban Rockland County who challenged the county executive's order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces. A flawless storm of virulent anti-vaccine sentiment has taken hold in the United States in less than two decades - most commonly among those too young to remember the wrath of measles and other deadly diseases - that can be pinpointed to some of these factors: a fraudulent U.K. research study that linked autism with vaccines, the rise of uninformed and potentially risky social media chatter, and pockets of people who either don't believe measles is "as bad as we are told" or who desire natural, so-called alternative parenting styles. This outbreak has the second greatest number of infected individuals since measles was eradicated in the country in the 2000s.

And while the highly contagious respiratory disease has yet to hit Utahns, "we're only one airline flight within a case coming here", said Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director for community health and prevention at Intermountain Healthcare.

As our partner in protecting the public's health, we need your assistance in educating parents and guardians about the dangers of measles and the benefits of vaccination. Miriam, who also didn't want to give her name due to privacy concerns, said everyone should be vaccinated.

Some public health experts say the issue highlights a growing tension between infectious disease vaccination requirements and the religious liberty arguments increasingly relied upon to justify denying inoculations.

Measles has been confirmed in eight children, ranging in age from 6 months to 14 years old, all of whom live in northern Westchester and were not vaccinated, CBS New York reports.

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As The Washington Post has previously reported, public health experts link the surge to pockets of unvaccinated children nationwide, populations deemed vulnerable in large part because their parents have hesitated or refused to get them immunized.

She said that she believes vaccination is the right choice, though she knows families who said their children developed autism after being vaccinated. "Most people do vaccinate their kids, it has nothing to do with religion". Six of the infected children are siblings. Citizens have been ordered to get vaccinated against Measles with immediate effect, and the failure to follow the orders will result in a $1000 fine.

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.

City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order.

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

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