NY mandates vaccinations to contain measles

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department recently

NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak

Prior to the recent outbreak, the United States was declared free of circulating measles in 2000.

Pneumonia related to measles is the most common cause of deaths attributed to measles.

It's a nightmare for public health officials, but it's good for Merck & Co., Inc. Two drops of vaccination can lead to the prevention of Measles. This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered almost everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

"The children who are not vaccinated appear to have been exposed to measles by attending family events in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing outbreaks", Latimer says. There are also significant outbreaks in Washington state, California, Michigan and New Jersey.

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the health commissioner of an outlying NY suburban county, is feeling "overwhelmed". In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the USA was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.

In the face of this crisis, schools in Washington and NY are keeping unvaccinated children out of classes, and Rockland County executive Ed May declared that they should be barred from all public places in the county. Anyone who is unsure about his/her or their child's vaccination status can work with their health care provider's office or school to obtain their vaccination records.

The objective is to raise the vaccination rate from the current 72 percent, Ruppert said. Many studies have proven vaccines do not cause autism, and the majority of rabbis say vaccinations are healthy and kosher. However, he explained that diverse perspectives should be respected. "It protects your child", Latimer said.

Coffey added that, while it is important to accept others' opinions and let them make their own choices, people should be informed of the health risks associated with remaining unvaccinated. The World Health Organization recently dubbed it one of the top global threats of 2019. Refusing vaccines is not a doctrine of the Jewish Orthodox, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, or any other religious community.

"It's shocking that these things that I didn't worry about with my kids because they could be vaccinated - all of a sudden parents have to worry about their children getting life-threatening diseases", Siepser said. A ideal storm of virulent anti-vaccine sentiment has taken hold in the United States in less than two decades - most commonly among those too young to remember the wrath of measles and other deadly diseases - that can be pinpointed to some of these factors: a fraudulent U.K. research study that linked autism with vaccines, the rise of uninformed and potentially unsafe social media chatter, and pockets of people who either don't believe measles is "as bad as we are told" or who desire natural, so-called alternative parenting styles. "But I don't see any side effects", she said. "Get the MMR. It's not harmful to receive additional doses of this vaccine".

Non-vaccinated minors in the county were banned from public places in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, and hundreds of people have now been vaccinated, according to authorities.

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