NYC Extends Measles Vaccination Order

NYC Extends Measles Vaccination Order

The petitioners are from a Brooklyn neighborhood with the highest number of NY measles cases, after residents who returned from Israel in the fall infected others. At least three parents of unvaccinated children have already been slapped with a $1,000 fine and threatened with another $2,000 penalty if they do not appear in court. We have to stop it now.

Declaring, "Children are in danger", Mayor Bill DeBlasio ordered the emergency last week. "We have to take this seriously".

Because measles' incubation period is long - seven to 21 days - health officials said they expect the outbreak to get worse before it gets better.

"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving". To date, 62 cases have been reported in April alone.

According to the city, the outbreak began when an unvaccinated child contracted the disease on a trip to Israel, contaminating Brooklyn at their return.

NY is one of the many states that allows religious exemption, which means that vaccination rates are low in the Orthodox Jewish pockets, where many see it as against their faith to inject themselves with a foreign body. The largest outbreak since then was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.

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Measles is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted by airborne particles, droplets and direct contact with respiratory secretions of an infected person. The disease typically shows symptoms such as cough, fever, running nose, watery eyes, and a rash of flat red spots.

However, some Jewish private schools have admitted students who were not vaccinated.

Meanwhile, to counter the argument that vaccinating runs contrary to Jewish law, an online petition has been published stating: "We, the undersigned doctors who faithfully serve the Orthodox Jewish communities of North America, strongly urge all members of our community to receive all recommended vaccinations". The "vaccine hesitancy" outbreaks are not exclusively occurring in the US, either. With measles outbreaks wreaking havoc around the world, Facebook, Pinterest and others are trying to put the genie back in the bottle, even as they are hesitant, even unwilling to acknowledge outright responsibility for spreading falsehoods.

A Brooklyn judge upheld New York City's emergency order requiring people in Kings County to get the measles vaccine. "A lot of these sideline parents-the undecided parents-are actually vaccinating now". Most profess philosophical or religious reasons, or cite concerns - debunked by medical science - that the three-way measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine may cause autism.

Knipel said that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the vaccination of children violated their religious belief-as they had no affidavit of a religious official.

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