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

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department

Last week, Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said in a statement regarding Dublin's recent measles outbreak: "Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious".

This outbreak is a result of mistrust amongst the residents which did not believe in providing vaccine to the children. There have been 168 cases reported in Rockland since the fall. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

David R. Curry, executive director of the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, told China Daily: "Once your child is exposed and has measles, there is no better convincing argument to parents who may be questioning whether vaccinations work than when they have to come to grips with the fact that their child, because they were unvaccinated, suddenly has a potentially risky disease".

Individual people who may have come into contact with the patient are sought out and warned that the symptoms of measles can mimic other diseases - with high fever, cough, red runny nose and watery eyes - before the appearance of white spots in the mouth and eventually red spots on the skin. They actually do know how to work with people. The change is contained in an amendment to a bill they had previously introduced to tighten the state's vaccination policy; lawmakers approved the revised plan in January, despite passionate testimony from people concerned about the push to reduce parental choice. "Even the hospital didn't know what it was at first, but now they figured it out".

New York City's decision to threaten fines and legal citations against those who have not been vaccinated against measles could indirectly benefit New Jersey's immunization efforts, although experts here agreed such measures are not necessary to address the measles outbreak on this side of the Hudson River.

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"We try always to respect religious rights, religious customs, but when it comes to public health, when we see a problem emerge, we have to deal with it aggressively", de Blasio said.

The NYC Health Department issued mandatory vaccination for residents living in or near Williamsburg. 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.

Jewish children get off a Yeshiva school bus in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday. "The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak". Miriam, who also didn't want to give her name due to privacy concerns, said everyone should be vaccinated. "I think it will help in getting the community covered", he said.

Measles has been confirmed in eight children, ranging in age from 6 months to 14 years old, all of whom live in northern Westchester and were not vaccinated, CBS New York reports. Six of the children are siblings.

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