Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

(Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Faced with an expanding measles outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio of NY declared a public health emergency on Tuesday and ordered a program of mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn".

"There are many more individuals who are living with chronic diseases, who are surviving cancer, and so we don't want children or adults to be unnecessarily exposed to measles" due to "measles parties". But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency. People who refuse the vaccine or who refuse to get their children vaccinated could be fined, though de Blasio said he hoped to avoid levying any fines.

A lawyer is poised to file a lawsuit challenging the order this week.

However, state health officials said they are carefully watching the disease as it races through parts of the Northeast, the West Coast and the interior of the country.

New York Times: New York City Is Requiring Vaccinations Against Measles.

The document warns citizens that failure to follow the orders will be counted as a violation of the Health Code, and anybody who does not comply will face criminal and civil fines, forfeitures, penalties, and prison.

"With the number of cases in the country right now, I'd be surprised if we don't eventually get some", said Shawn Kiernan, senior epidemiologist with Fairfax County's communicative diseases division.

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"I really can't stress enough that vaccination is the key to stopping any measles outbreak", Amler said.

Officials say 285 measles cases have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak, the largest in the city since 1991.

The order is the latest flashpoint in a nationwide battle to try to stop the second biggest flare-up of the disease since 2000 - spurred by travel to hot spots like Israel experiencing its own outbreak and widespread misinformation about vaccines that has frightened a generation of parents who have never witnessed the ravages of one of the most contagious diseases on Earth firsthand. The result is that 95.6 percent of Utah children from kindergarten to 12th grade are adequately immunized against measles, according to a 2018 report from the Utah Department of Health.

"The measles vaccine is highly effective", Dr. Herminia Palacio, the city's deputy mayor for health and human services, said Wednesday. "We have to protect our kids and our families", de Blasio said.

"That is the defining experience which is what it may take to break through with those who are not vaccinating their children", he added.

Hotez and his colleagues at other Texas academic centers predicted the spike in measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in a study previous year. In response, anti-vaccination protesters have begun wearing yellow stars, claiming that rules based on vaccination status are analogous to the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

By the time the vaccines were administered, the measles outbreak in Philadelphia was subsiding - after nine children had died, including six from Faith Tabernacle.

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