With 285 cases already documented here this year (versus just two in all of 2017), the city is requiring everyone in Williamsburg to get the measles vaccines.
"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."
"There are many more individuals who are living with chronic diseases, who are surviving cancer, and so we don't want children or adults to be unnecessarily exposed to measles" due to "measles parties".
"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", de Blasio said at a press conference. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency. People who refused the vaccine or who refuse to get their children vaccinated could be fined as much as $1,000. The Commissioner has failed to do this; the City's actions violate New York State law. "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. A person is considered immune if he or she was born before January 1, 1957, has received two doses of the MMR vaccine or has a lab test confirming immunity.More news: Miami Heat honor Dwyane Wade before final home game of National Basketball Association career
In response to the initial test results, the health department warned the public of possible measles exposure at a community center, a restaurant and an athletic club.
Dr. Maitiu O Tuathail, president of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland (NAGPI), said last month that the "single biggest driving force for the reduction in vaccination uptake is misinformation on social media". Without knowing they are sick, an infected person can spread measles to others up to four days before the rash appears, and for up to four days afterward.
The city's health department is doubling down on its earlier order that yeshivas and daycare programs in Williamsburg be sanctioned if they failed to exclude unvaccinated students.
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.More news: Arsenal goalscorer Ramsey on Napoli win
It is a strong stance but one that the city hopes will help stem the outbreak.
"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.
City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order. "I don't think they should be getting fined, I think another penalty should be given", said Charlette Hamlin, 36, who is in favor of vaccinations for all. The ultra-Orthodox communities of the county are the most affected by the measles outbreak according to the New York Times. Six of the children are siblings.More news: Nipsey Hussle's parents break their silence after rapper's tragic death