But city health officials say they have they have struck the right balance with the unusual order, and they hope a mixture of outreach and prodding will overcome resistance to vaccines in a slice of the predominantly Orthodox Jewish community hardest hit by the disease.
"I know that parents may be afraid of getting their child vaccinated, but as a pediatrician, I know that getting vaccinated is far safer than getting measles", said NYC Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, according to CBS News.
The kids, who were not vaccinated, appear to have been exposed to measles in Rockland County and Brooklyn where there have been ongoing outbreaks. As confirmed, Measles is affecting especially the unvaccinated children who are aged 18 years and lesser.
New York City's effort to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood is facing opposition, with lawyers for parents opposed to vaccinations promising to file a lawsuit challenging the order by Friday. Two of the infected children developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized as a result.
When parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they endanger not only their own child, but also the entire society which surrounds them. A report from the New York Times notes that vaccines prevent two to three million deaths globally each year.
"When individuals are not vaccinated, there is a high likelihood of catching the disease", Sheffield said. Miriam's daughter doesn't want to vaccinate her children, she said, because she is anxious about the vaccines affecting brain function.
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The CDC blames measles outbreaks across the United States on two factors: an increase in the number of people who bring measles into the country from overseas and pockets of unvaccinated people living here. Anyone who is unsure about his/her or their child's vaccination status can work with their health care provider's office or school to obtain their vaccination records. Her son's mother-in-law has measles, she said, and is now in the hospital. The MMR vaccine, she said, is "one of the most highly effective vaccines in terms of protection and it is lifelong". Close monitoring, plus education and outreach to further boost vaccination rates, are what now make sense for the Garden State, he and others said Wednesday.
But, even to some who support vaccination, the $1,000 fine seems excessive. It is transmitted through the air and on surfaces and is contagious before and after bumps show up, which is why it transfers so quickly from person to person.
Among her daily battles - having to constantly repeat that the vaccine does not cause other diseases, that it does not lead to autism, and that the practice of using fetal tissue to produce the vaccine ended decades ago.
Since October, Rockland County has experienced a measles outbreak of more than 160 confirmed cases.
"It is not the authority of the general government, county executive or legislators to make those declarations, and I think that is as it should be", Latimer said.
"I urge everyone, especially those in affected areas, to get their MMR vaccines to protect their children, families and communities", de Blasio said in a statement.
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