Friday, 26 April, 2019

Williamsburg residents could face 'forcible vaccinations' amid measles outbreak

New York City threatens to close yeshivas over unvaccinated children Measles outbreak: NYC threatens fines for unvaccinated Williamsburg residents
Anna Jefferson | 10 April, 2019, 12:20

Officials say 285 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak in October.

On the other hand, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin did recently claim that he exposed all nine of his children to a chickenpox-infected person.

What's more, the more children in the community have it, the higher risk of exposure for kids with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, who need to avoid the virus.

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

They will impose fines of up to $1,000 on those who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and can not give other evidence of immunity, such as having previously had the measles.

"In January, one yeshiva in Williamsburg fell out of compliance with the Department's exclusion mandate, allowing unvaccinated children back into school or daycare", the Health Department said in a news release.

Authorities plan to start by asking people sickened in the city's biggest measles outbreak since 1991 about where they've been and whom they've encountered.

"As a pediatrician, I know the MMR vaccine is safe and effective", said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

"There is no religious exemption on measles", Gary Schlesinger, CEO of Parcare Community Health Network, told CBS New York.

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Community leaders and doctors welcomed the move.

Mainstream Jewish teaching does not prohibit vaccination, and most rabbis are encouraging parents to have their children immunized. 'The schools are cooperating, everyone's cooperating'.

Ordering people to be vaccinated without their consent is "an extreme measure, which is not provided for in the law and raises civil liberties concerns about forced medical treatment", Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a written statement. 'They will do anything and everything to improve the health of their children'.

Despite the recent outbreaks, Belmonte said that Advocate had seen fewer people refusing vaccines in recent years. "The vaccine has been proven safe and effective in preventing the spread of measles".

"When you make the decision not to vaccinate your child, please understand you're also making that decision for the people around your child", warned Palacio, who said her services had received reports of so-called "measles parties" held to purposely expose children to the disease.

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.

On March 26, county officials issued a 30-day emergency order banning unvaccinated children under 18 from being in public places such as shopping centers, businesses, restaurants, schools, and places of worship. "It's much more a Williamsburg problem than a Borough Park problem". That order was overturned by a state judge on Friday, who said the reported number of cases fell short of an epidemic, local media reported.

CBS reported that the "vast majority" of children in the largely ultra-Orthodox community of Williamsburg are vaccinated, but that the disease continues to spread due to how tight-knit the community is. The order is being appealed by Rockland officials.

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