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

Laverne Higgins
April 13, 2019

On Tuesday, the mayor declared a public health emergency requiring unvaccinated residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to get the vaccine or pay a potential $1,000 penalty.

When people choose not to get their children vaccinated, they are putting their children and others - such as pregnant women, people on chemotherapy, and the elderly - at risk of contracting measles. The virus was reintroduced to the NY area when a non-vaccinated person became infected while traveling to Israel, a country with known low vaccination rates.

(Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Faced with an expanding measles outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio of NY declared a public health emergency on Tuesday and ordered a program of mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn".

We learn about how low vaccination rates can put vulnerable members of our community in danger. Among serious complications, 1 in 20 patients get pneumonia, and 1 in 1 000 get brain swelling that can lead to seizures, deafness or intellectual disability.

As of last Friday, 13 people in New Jersey had been diagnosed with the highly contagious respiratory disease this year; that's in addition to the 33 cases detected between October and January, according to the state Department of Health.

"I'm concerned but I'm not at a point of crisis mobilization", Latimer said.

"I think it's unfortunate in this day and age that people are still that uneducated and fearful when it comes to vaccinations", Jasey said Wednesday. And, if that's not enough of a reason to be vaccinated, she said, the public cost of tracking cases and quarantining their contacts with exposure to the disease can be extraordinary.

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The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the outbreak. More than 465 cases have been recorded nationwide since the start of the year. 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.

Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine at one of these clinics should register in advance for an appointment at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60. The bulk of the recent outbreaks - defined as three or more connected cases - occurred in our region, including 173 cases diagnosed this year in Rockland County, New York, where government officials have attempted to ban unvaccinated individuals from public spaces.

"It's really scary out there", she said.

"Once you delay it a few months, you exponentially increase the vector for infection", said Begun, who said families of eight to 10 children are typical in his practice. "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.

"Vaccines are the most effective thing we do in public health". People without immunity can catch measles just by being in a room for up to two hours after a person with measles has left.

"We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk", said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot from the NYC Health Department.

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