The city's health department has summoned three people a week to appear in court after an emergency order requiring anyone aged six months or older living in four specific postal codes – all located in Brooklyn – to be vaccinated. against measles, mumps and rubella 48 hours. Each person will be fined $ 1,000.
The postal codes – 11205 at Clinton Hill, 11206 at Bushwick and 11211 and 11249 at Williamsburg – are all located in predominantly orthodox Jewish communities.
"Since the emergency order came into effect, the health department has thoroughly investigated the cases with the help of its detectives," the health department said in a statement. Press. "Many people who had contact with people with measles had proof of vaccination, but the Department of Health identified three children who had been exposed to measles but who had not yet been vaccinated at the time. April."
In addition to the three people fined for non-vaccination, the city has also closed four additional schools for non-compliance with vaccination and attendance records, the city said.
The health department ordered the closure of United Talmudical Academy, a preschool for yeshiva, on Tuesday, but it has now been allowed to reopen.
On Thursday, there had been 359 cases of measles in Queens and Brooklyn since the beginning of the outbreak last October, including 74 since the release of the emergency order on April 9.
"The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and contracted measles during a visit to Israel, where a major epidemic of the disease is occurring," according to the health department. "Since then, new people from Brooklyn and Queens have been vaccinated and contracted measles while in Israel."
A lawsuit filed by five unnamed parents demanding the cancellation of the emergency order – and compulsory vaccinations – "arbitrarily and capriciously and contrary to law" was also slaughtered on Thursday.
"The central question for the decision of this court is whether the respondent Commissioner has a rational basis, not a pretext, for declaring a public health emergency and making the corresponding orders disputed," wrote the Judge Lawrence Knipel of Kings County in his decision.
The judge found that the statement of urgency was well-founded and responded to his intervention stating: "A firefighter does not need to obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a domestic fire.It is known that vaccination can extinguish the fire of contagion ".
Measles can cause fever, runny nose, diarrhea and pneumonia. Severe cases can even lead to death, especially in infants, children and those with compromised immune systems.
The vaccine is considered "very safe" and effective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also refutes any concerns – often maintained by so-called anti-vaxxers – that the vaccine could cause cancer. autism.
"Vaccine safety experts, including those from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), agree that the MMR vaccine is not responsible for increasing the number of vaccines." autistic children, "says the CDC website.
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