Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

New York City Declares Health Emergency As Measles Outbreak Continues

New York City Declares Health Emergency As Measles Outbreak Continues

In fact, a study from The Atlantic states that about 92% of the population should be vaccinated for most diseases, and around 95% for highly contagious ones such as measles. Over the years, these vaccines have saved many lives, while causing few to no side effects.

New York City's effort to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood is facing opposition, with lawyers for parents opposed to vaccinations promising to file a lawsuit challenging the order by Friday. "We can stop this". But two years ago, measles cases unexpectedly popped upward again, rising 30 percent in a single year. This is due to the existence of a good number of unvaccinated citizens.

Other affected states include Washington with 36 measles cases, MI with 34 cases, California with 16 and New Jersey with 11.

The second factor is more hard to understand and explain.

Palacio spoke a day after she joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials in announcing the vaccine order affecting four ZIP codes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and threatening possible fines of up to $1,000 for noncompliance.

The outbreak has largely been concentrated in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. "When people choose not to be vaccinated, measles returns, and outbreaks occur". "Even the hospital didn't know what it was at first, but now they figured it out".

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However, Amler said, there are "vulnerable populations", such as children under 1, who may be unvaccinated. Vaccines do not contain any toxic ingredients, including mercury. It also states that vaccinations are required for people who have been exposed to the virus and applies to people and children 6 months or older in particular. There is no scientific evidence for this, and by not vaccinating your child you are only putting your children and everyone else at risk.

Dr Oxiris Barbot, the New York City health commissioner, said there had been reports of "measles parties" in the area in which parents deliberately expose their children to measles so that they become naturally immune after contracting the virus. But there's no right to allow your child to infect others with a serious disease. It can be spread by direct contact or through the air.

"It lasts in the air for hours after that person leaves the room", Amler said. And for some people, measles can be deadly. "But we're also trying to help everyone understand there is urgency here".

I urge all parents who are concerned about vaccinating their children to talk to their healthcare providers. The judge ruled the health department hadn't discriminated against Kunkel.

The whole situation was incredibly frustrating, as some protested that there is no real reason a disease with a vaccine effective 97% of the time should disrupt the health and education of 153 children, according to the New York Times.

Harry Banschick, M.D., FAAP, is chairman of pediatrics at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.

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