Since December, the NYC Health Department has ordered yeshivas and day care programs serving the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg to exclude unvaccinated students.
"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."
"Measles symptoms include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough, and runny nose. That combination means this is the right time for this measure".
CHD board member Mary Holland commented, "I am shocked that Mayor de Blasio would resort to such police state techniques to control an outbreak of measles". Mr. Sussman told local NY media that he hoped to file a lawsuit by Friday.
Meanwhile, the Rockland County outbreak is believed to have exposed children in Westchester County. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency.
Sherlita Amler urged residents to check their own vaccination status and protect themselves and their unvaccinated children from measles by getting the MMR vaccine from their provider or a special county clinic.
"We are concerned about families having measles parties", New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told reporters, emphasizing that "we live in a different world now".
So far in NY, there have been 285 cases of the disease - 246 of them children - which was once thought largely eradicated.
Also on Wednesday, officials in Westchester County just north of New York City announced that measles has been confirmed in eight children who were apparently exposed to the highly contagious virus while visiting Rockland County or Brooklyn.
"Our goal is to get people vaccinated", he said. Without knowing they are sick, an infected person can spread measles to others up to four days before the rash appears, and for up to four days afterward. It's unclear whether "make sure people are vaccinated" means "hold them down and inject them against their will". "They have experience gaining people's trust".
Immunizations have been such a resounding public health success that most Americans have never seen a child with measles, mumps, diphtheria or numerous other diseases that once killed or maimed thousands every year.
"Our goal is not to fine anyone", de Blasio said. He said that most things that happen in Jewish communities get blown out of proportion, "If it [the outbreak] was true, there would be signs outside every synagogue telling people not to go in, and there aren't".
Officials said their efforts have paid off with 8,000 additional vaccinations in affected neighborhoods compared with the prior year. A volunteer at the city's measles hotline said people who called in were being encouraged to get inoculations and report on whether they know people who recently had or now have the measles.
"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots".
Ireland's Minister for Health TD Simon Harris has said he "instinctively agrees" that healthy, unvaccinated children should be banned from attending schools. "You have a larger pool of babies".