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Measles outbreak in USA raises concerns over unvaccinated population

Measles outbreak in USA raises concerns over unvaccinated population

Some Orthodox Jewish residents say refusing measles vaccines is a part of their religious belief, but on the streets of Williamsburg there is also strong support for vaccinations and worries that the outbreak might spread.

The health officials will try to persuade any unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles to get the vaccine.

The current outbreak has pushed New York City to take extreme measures, as they are now requiring vaccinations or written proof of immunity from everyone who lives and works in the neighborhoods affected by the outbreak-including babies younger than a year old, who are usually considered too young to get the measles vaccine.

New York City is being hit by a measles outbreak outbreak affecting the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn where 285 people had the virus since October.

In the face of this crisis, schools in Washington and NY are keeping unvaccinated children out of classes, and Rockland County executive Ed May declared that they should be barred from all public places in the county.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency on Tuesday that requires unvaccinated individuals in the largely Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg - where 285 people have been diagnosed with measles since last fall, and almost two dozen hospitalized - to get the measles vaccine or face citations or fines of up to $1,000. As of Wednesday there were 173 confirmed reported cases of measles in Rockland County. Six of the children are siblings. "If we're not getting vaccinated, we're putting other people at risk". According to the CDC, the virus is easily transferable through breathing, coughing or sneezing, and 90 percent of non-immunized people are at risk of infection after exposure.

As anti-vaccination movements continue to rise, Coffey explained that the widespread opposition to vaccination is mainly based in false news about side effects.

Instead, failure to vaccinate often is due to unfounded fears among people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, and financial means.

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"This is a public health emergency", the Democratic mayor said.

Agudath Israel of America is deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of measles and the threat it poses to communities around the country.

Health officials have made robocalls urging vaccination to more than 30,000 Williamsburg households and have stocked health care providers in the community with an ample supply of vaccine, Palacio said. "Get the MMR. It's not harmful to receive additional doses of this vaccine".

As of Friday, measles - officially eliminated from the United States in 2000 - had struck 167 people in this county along the Hudson River, including nine new cases this week. "I'm not even sure that people know about it", Robert Krakow, a New York personal injury lawyer and prominent anti-vaccine advocate, told The New York Post about the city's emergency order.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on nearby surfaces.

Among her daily struggles: 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.

"Vaccines are the most effective thing we do in public health". For example, an outbreak in Washington state is linked to a community where only about 80% of children were properly vaccinated.