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NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak

"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."

Simon Harris has indicated he may consider mandatory immunisation after saying it was "extremely irresponsible and dangerous" to send unvaccinated children to school.

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. "We have to stop it now". City officials said Tuesday that 246 were children. And so they're subjecting their children to a painful illness with high fevers and rash that has already hospitalized 10 percent of those who've contracted it in NY, including five who were serious enough to need intensive care. There have been no deaths.

The current outbreak led to Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring a public health emergency this week. "Nobody has measles in my family, and my children all took the vaccines". "The faster everyone heeds the order, the faster we can lift it".

The children range in age from six months to 14 years old.

Officials said it will be enforced primarily by tracing the contacts of everyone diagnosed.

Under the new rules, anyone who has not received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or does not have evidence of immunity risks a fine of $1,000. Anyone who can not afford a vaccination will receive on for free.

The year is already shaping up to be one of the worst for measles outbreaks across the nation.

Let's also not forget the other life-saving vaccines that protect us against such potentially deadly diseases as polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal pneumonia, the flu, Haemophilus influenza type B, and HPV, which can cause cervical and throat cancers.

This is not just good news for Catholics, but good news for us all.

There are no strictures against vaccines in the Jewish religion and the overwhelming majority of American Jews are vaccinated. Two additional cases were confirmed in Sullivan County.

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The patient is kept isolated, usually voluntarily, and health officials develop exposure lists.

The last local outbreak, in 2015, stemmed from an unvaccinated traveler who arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport and spread the infection from there.

"Utahns don't need to panic, but rather carefully consider their vaccination status", she said, adding it isn't too late to get the vaccine.

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

Thanks to the vaccine, measles was eliminated from this country two decades ago. Infants are advised to get immunized prior to worldwide travel. Such a health order is rare but not unheard-of in American history, medical experts said. Six of the children are siblings. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

"It's really scary out there", she said. "It protects your child", Latimer said.

Failure to comply, the document warns, is qualified as a violation of the New York City Health Code. "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science".

City officials said that insured adults and children will be covered.

"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.

This article was written by Alex Horton and Lindsey Bever, reporters for The Washington Post.

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