Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works | Lexington Herald Leader

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works | Lexington Herald Leader

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works | Lexington Herald Leader

Lawyer Michael Sussman said Wednesday that the city overreached its authority by threatening to fine residents of four Brooklyn ZIP codes if they refuse to have their children vaccinated.

In New York, an global traveler arrived in Rockland County with a suspected case of the measles.

The New York Times says the City Council bill, which would take effect a year after it's signed into law, has the support of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration.

Following the ban, parents of unvaccinated children filed two cases in New York State Supreme Court to repeal the ban.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated in Westchester may call the health department for a free injection - 914-995-5800 for an appointment.

The current outbreak led to Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring a public health emergency this week. He said the city would issue violations and possibly fines of $1,000 to those who did not comply.

"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.

The city's health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said that the majority of religious leaders in Brooklyn's large Orthodox communities support vaccination efforts, but that rates have remained low in some areas because of resistance from some groups that believe the inoculations are risky. But they said they were taking additional steps to control the outbreak in advance of Passover, when some families may travel overseas to areas in Israel or Europe that are experiencing measles outbreaks.

Some 285 measles cases have been identified in New York City since last fall, compared with two in all of 2017.

Other affected states include Washington with 36 measles cases, MI with 34 cases, California with 16 and New Jersey with 11. "We've seen a large increase in the number of people vaccinated in these neighborhoods, but as Passover approaches, we need to do all we can to ensure more people get the vaccine".

It has been well documented that in order for vaccines to be effective, the vast majority must be vaccinated in order to maintain herd immunity.

Governor of Washington Jay Inslee also declared a state of emergency in January, urging immunization and citing the measles outbreak as "an extreme public health risk", according to a CNN article.

"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots". This comes as Rockland County Executive Ed Day says his health department is finalizing new orders to combat a measles outbreak while a judge put his initial emergency declaration on hold. "You have a larger pool of babies".

In 27 years of practicing medicine, Ruppert said, this is "one of the most challenging health crises I have had to deal with". Six of the infected children are siblings. Miriam's daughter doesn't want to vaccinate her children, she said, because she is anxious about the vaccines affecting brain function.

Since October, Rockland County has experienced a measles outbreak of more than 160 confirmed cases.

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