Saturday, 20 July, 2019


Measles emergency in NYC

Patty Aguilar | 12 April, 2019, 18:08

The authorities in NY announced the introduction in some areas of the city emergency health because of an outbreak of measles. There are also significant outbreaks in Washington state, California, Michigan and New Jersey.

Doctors who practice in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish communities say only a small number of people refuse inoculations outright because they believe erroneously that vaccines are harmful or that they violate Jewish law, but factors including large families may have helped the outbreak spread.

Elsewhere in the country, health officials are scrambling to diagnose victims, identify hot spots and disseminate information about the outbreak, which has been reported in a total 19 states, most recently in Maryland.

The current outbreak has pushed New York City to take extreme measures, as they are now requiring vaccinations or written proof of immunity from everyone who lives and works in the neighborhoods affected by the outbreak-including babies younger than a year old, who are usually considered too young to get the measles vaccine.

Let's also not forget the other life-saving vaccines that protect us against such potentially deadly diseases as polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal pneumonia, the flu, Haemophilus influenza type B, and HPV, which can cause cervical and throat cancers. Health officials blame its resurgence on falling vaccination rates fueled by myths that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine increases the risk of children developing autism. "It has occurred several times".

"I know that parents may be afraid of getting their child vaccinated, but as a pediatrician, I know that getting vaccinated is far safer than getting measles", said NYC Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, according to CBS News.

Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients. In fact, the outbreak in NY and New Jersey can be traced to the September 2018 arrivals of travelers from Israel. Mr. Sussman told local NY media that he hoped to file a lawsuit by Friday.

Measles was confirmed in eight unvaccinated Westchester County children, six are siblings, and all are from northern Westchester, officials say. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency.

"Our goal is to get people vaccinated", he said.

"For instance, if a parent has three children and one of them gets the measles, exposing the other two, the fine would be $3,000". In this way, the anti-vaxx movement has shown itself to pose a danger to public health founded upon discredited science.

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.

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