Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

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

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

The "epicenter" of the outbreak is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where vaccination rates among Orthodox Jews are particularly low. Health officials say cases have been confirmed in Westchester and Sullivan Counties following the spike in infections in Rockland County and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Sussman also represented a group of parents in suburban Rockland County who challenged the county executive's order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.

"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.

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For the second week in a row, USA health officials added dozens of new reports to the year's list of confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to 465 - already the highest number in the past five years. In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the US was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported. They Were Wrong (Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Public health officials worldwide tracked the results, monitoring cases and tracking outbreaks". "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives". A flawless storm of virulent anti-vaccine sentiment has taken hold in the United States in less than two decades - most commonly among those too young to remember the wrath of measles and other deadly diseases - that can be pinpointed to some of these factors: a fraudulent U.K. research study that linked autism with vaccines, the rise of uninformed and potentially risky social media chatter, and pockets of people who either don't believe measles is "as bad as we are told" or who desire natural, so-called alternative parenting styles.

At the news conference for the order, City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said that the point of the firm directive is not to fine or penalize residents, but to make it easier for people to access the measles vaccine.

De Blasio said Tuesday that he was confident New York City's vaccination order would survive any legal challenge. But there's no right to allow your child to infect others with a serious disease. "When people choose not to be vaccinated, measles returns, and outbreaks occur". "But we're also trying to help everyone understand there is urgency here". Although it would be easy to take this as a one-off, there have already been six outbreaks of measles in the the last three months according to the CDC.

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The federal agency says that disease transmission for the recent cases likely originated in countries where measles is more common - throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa and the Philippines - places people commonly visit. On Friday, Judge Rolf Thorsen temporarily blocked Rockland County from banning unvaccinated children.

In 27 years of practicing medicine, Ruppert said, this is "one of the most challenging health crises I have had to deal with".

The law would not affect the testing of pilots, truck drivers, law enforcers, construction workers, and workers who supervise children or medical patients.

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