NY introduced a mandatory programme and declared a public health emergency this week after 285 confirmed cases of measles...
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.
A public health emergency has been declared in NY in the USA due to a growing outbreak of measles. A state judge sided with the parents and issued a preliminary injunction against the emergency order.
"As the outbreak continues to grow and even spread to other counties in NY, the mayor has ordered that people who are unvaccinated have 48 hours to get their shots or they will be fined "$1,000 per instance".
But in the days that followed, parents from a private Waldorf school filed a lawsuit that called the ban "arbitrary" and "capricious". Although written two years ago, the position was only recently made public, an apparent acknowledgment of the heightening health problems created by the unvaccinated.
"We are concerned about families having measles parties", New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told reporters, emphasizing that "we live in a different world now".
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The health officials will try to persuade any unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles to get the vaccine.
"Students attending Department of Education schools are required to be vaccinated, and with 98 percent of students fully vaccinated, our public schools are safe", said Cohen.
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Eight people have contracted measles in New York's Westchester County as health officials fear the outbreak is spilling across the state. "And they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions".
City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order.
The city has seen a surge in measles cases - at least 285 cases of the measles since October. "And for decades that vaccine policy has been largely effective".
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"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".
"If people will simply cooperate quickly, nobody will have to pay a fine", de Blasio said.
"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots. The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak".
Despite people's religious or philosophical objections to vaccinations, Latimer said, the science is clear.
In 27 years of practicing medicine, Ruppert said, this is "one of the most challenging health crises I have had to deal with". As confirmed, Measles is affecting especially the unvaccinated children who are aged 18 years and lesser.
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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