Williamsburg Residents Divided on Vaccines, Despite Mayor's Health Emergency Declaration

Williamsburg Residents Divided on Vaccines, Despite Mayor's Health Emergency Declaration

Westchester borders Rockland County, where measles cases have been concentrated among members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

New York City health officials have made vaccinations mandatory in its hardest hit communities, threatening fines up to $1,000 for noncompliance, The Associated Press reports.

Nor is the city alone in recognizing the problem: Rockland County last month banned the unvaccinated from public spaces for 30 days.

As NYCityLens reported, Mayor Bill De Blasio declared a public health emergency Tuesday because of the growing measles outbreak in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Since October she has been fighting an uphill battle to quell one of the worst US measles outbreaks in 20 years.

Some 285 measles cases have been identified in New York City since last fall, compared to two in all of 2017. This hour, we ask why is a virulent, deadly, but entirely preventable disease reappearing in the U.S.? On Monday, New York City's Health Department reiterated its December order to yeshivas in Williamsburg, instructing them to exclude unvaccinated children from school and day care. To them, fear of the unknown outweighs fear of a disease that they have never seen in their lifetime. It also states that vaccinations are required for people who have been exposed to the virus and applies to people and children 6 months or older in particular. The news was good: Measles declined worldwide by almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with fatalities - mostly among children younger than age 5 - plummeting to about 90,000 per year from about 550,000.

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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.

For those in need of the measles vaccine, the Westchester County Health Department will be offering free measles, mumps, and rubella shots during three clinics. Six of the infected children are siblings.

"Parents should definitely vaccinate their kids", Fuel said in Spanish, as she stood on the corner of Havemeyer and Division Street. A volunteer at the city's measles hotline said people who called in were being encouraged to get inoculations and report on whether they know people who recently had or now have the measles. But unvaccinated children and adults pose very real dangers to infants too young to be vaccinated, to people with compromised immune systems (such as those undergoing cancer treatment), and to pregnant women whose unborn babies can be infected.

I urge all parents who are concerned about vaccinating their children to talk to their healthcare providers. "If we're not getting vaccinated, we're putting other people at risk".

Meanwhile on Wednesday, officials in Westchester County just north of New York City announced that measles has been confirmed in eight children who were apparently exposed to the highly contagious virus while visiting Rockland County or Brooklyn.

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