Measles emergency in NYC

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This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered almost everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

Lawyer Michael Sussman said Wednesday that the city overreached its authority by threatening to fine residents of four Brooklyn ZIP codes if they refuse to have their children vaccinated.

In the wake of measles outbreaks in recent months, some public health officials have created strict rules concerning unvaccinated children in public spaces, such as schools and houses of worship.

On Friday they obtained a partial victory: A judge issued an injunction requiring county officials to drop the ban against any child with a "religious exemption", at least until April 19. Mr. Sussman told local NY media that he hoped to file a lawsuit by Friday.

Ross, who was deputy health commissioner at the time, said the church ran a school with about 1,000 children, none of whom were vaccinated.

De Blasio said Tuesday that he was confident New York City's vaccination order would survive any legal challenge. The new position states "the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation in voluntary abortion" and that parents have a "moral obligation to guarantee the vaccination coverage necessary for the safety of others". 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.

The city has ceaselessly worked over the past year to raise awareness about Measles vaccinations.

The measles outbreak in NY has spread to two more counties. There have been 168 cases reported in Rockland since the fall. "And they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions".

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

Public health officials insist otherwise. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

"We try always to respect religious rights, religious customs, but when it comes to public health, when we see a problem emerge, we have to deal with it aggressively", de Blasio said.

"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination. "It's a very small minority", said Dr. Jay Begun, a pediatrician in Williamsburg.

Signed by New York's health commissioner, the emergency declaration mandates that everyone in those zipcodes receive a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, or face a $1,000 penalty. "The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak". Six of the infected children are siblings.

"In order to prevent an outbreak in your community, you have to have a 97 percent herd immunity rate", Sheffield said.

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

City officials said that insured adults and children will be covered.

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