The New York City Department of Health has threatened to fine or even close U.S. yeshivas in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn if students who are not vaccinated against measles are allowed to attend classes.
The city can't physically force someone to get a vaccination, but officials said people who ignore the order could be fined US$1000 ($1325). "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city' health commissioner, said in a statement.
Measles is a highly contagious disease and can cause severe complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death. None proved fatal, but 21 patients required hospitalisation and five were admitted to intensive care. "The measles vaccine works".
In an attempt to "naturally" build up their kids' immunity to viruses, parents would get them all together, expose them to the virus, to get it over and done with.
A recently released large-scale Danish study looked at any possible risk for autism from the MMR vaccine and the conclusion was that "MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination". "We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk". The vaccine offers the same immunity boost without the ordeal of enduring the virus.
That's the point of vaccines - safe ways of making people immune to infections with limited side effects.
Although measles was declared officially eliminated from the United States in 2000, a total of 465 cases have been confirmed in 19 states from January 1 to April 4, according to the CDC. The Associated Press reports that this is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991, and that NYC accounts for two-thirds of all cases reported in the us last week. But vaccination rates have declined in recent years, according to infectious disease experts.
Michigan's measles outbreak dates back to March 13, when the health department reported that the first case came from someone "visiting from Israel following a stay in NY". Those who are uninsured will pay what they can afford, de Blasio said, and those who cannot afford the vaccination will receive it free.
Tuesday's announcement was the first time NY has ordered mandatory vaccinations in recent history, according to health officials. I am committed to working with the health department, the mayor, and community leaders in addressing this urgent health crisis. "But if people just go and get vaccinated, there is no need for a fine". "The schools are cooperating, everyone's cooperating". "We're hoping people will comply", Miranda said. 'They will do anything and everything to improve the health of their children'.
Doctors in affected communities said an anonymously produced anti-vaccine booklet targeting Orthodox Jews that contained false information had appeared in the mail over the last couple years, which had sown doubts and hesitancy among some parents.
There have already been 285 confirmed measles cases in New York City since the outbreak began last fall, city health officials said.
NY has contended with measles outbreaks and the legal challenges that have arisen in efforts to contain them. "When people choose not to get their children vaccinated, they are putting their children and others - such as pregnant women, people on chemotherapy, and the elderly - at risk of contracting measles". A state judge overturned that decision 10 days later. The order is being appealed by Rockland officials. The other locations include areas of Washington state and Michigan, Butte County and Santa Cruz County in California, Rockland County in NY, and Ocean County in New Jersey.