Measles emergency in NYC

Leslie Hanson
April 13, 2019

The health minister said that he would consult European Union colleagues on how to make vaccines compulsory following an increase in the number of measles and mumps cases. "And they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions".

New York City's decision to threaten fines and legal citations against those who have not been vaccinated against measles could indirectly benefit New Jersey's immunization efforts, although experts here agreed such measures are not necessary to address the measles outbreak on this side of the Hudson River.

While it's rare in the United States, about 1 in every 1 000 children who get measles dies, according to the CDC. The number of cases, especially in these two regions are 285 since October. Six of the children are siblings.

When parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they endanger not only their own child, but also the entire society which surrounds them.

The measles outbreak has highlighted the issues of municipalities forcing citizens to get vaccinated. Complications can include hearing loss, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death.

The resurgence of the once-eradicated, highly-contagious disease is linked to a growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations - which the World Health Organization has identified as a major global health threat.

"When individuals are not vaccinated, there is a high likelihood of catching the disease", Sheffield said. We will use it prudently, we will use it with restraint, but we will use it to protect the public health of Westchester people.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is in the midst of the country's largest measles outbreak-but residents are still split on what should be done. Last year's overall total was 372 cases. And so they're subjecting their children to a painful illness with high fevers and rash that has already hospitalized 10 percent of those who've contracted it in NY, including five who were serious enough to need intensive care.

"It's really scary out there", she said. "I'm not even sure that people know about it", Robert Krakow, a New York personal injury lawyer and prominent anti-vaccine advocate, told The New York Post about the city's emergency order. Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000. "Those who have the vaccination won't have to worry".

"It lasts in the air for hours after that person leaves the room", Amler said. Before researchers developed a vaccine, this disease once affected millions in the US and hospitalized tens of thousands every year.

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. In 2019, there is no reason that your child should not be protected when we have at our fingertips safe and effective vaccines to prevent deadly diseases.

"I join the physicians of our state in urging all parents to immunize their children on time as per the (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) schedule and not just in times of crisis", the rabbi said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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