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

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department

As expressed by de Blasio, he not at all wants Measles to make a comeback in New York City and there is a need to stop it anyhow.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would require unvaccinated individuals living in Williamsburg and Borough Park to receive the vaccine as the city fights one of the largest measles outbreaks in decades. He also said schools in certain areas that permitted attendance by unvaccinated students could be fined or temporarily closed.

"The children who are not vaccinated appear to have been exposed to measles by attending family events in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing outbreaks", Latimer says.

There are in fact no confirmed measles cases in Washtenaw County, health officials told The Ann Arbor News and MLive on Thursday, April 11. The Commissioner has failed to do this; the City's actions violate New York State law. "Those who have not been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles". The drugmaker is the exclusive manufacturer of the MMR II - measles, mumps, rubella - vaccine, which is generally distributed in two doses.

"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."

From Jan. 1 to April 4, 465 measles cases were confirmed in 19 US states, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

"For instance, if a parent has three children and one of them gets the measles, exposing the other two, the fine would be $3,000".

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. "Most people do vaccinate their kids, it has nothing to do with religion".

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". While the City has unquestionable authority to control disease outbreaks, it may not violate the bedrock principle of prior, free and informed consent to all medical interventions, including vaccines.

Babies and people with immune-compromised conditions who cannot be immunized against measles, she said, can develop serious complications from contracting measles, including brain swelling, which can lead to brain damage and even death.

Measles was confirmed in eight unvaccinated Westchester County children, six are siblings, and all are from northern Westchester, officials say. The City may quarantine, isolate, trace contacts and strongly urge vaccination, but it may not impose such a draconian mandate without demonstrating necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, harm avoidance, non-discrimination, due process and equal protection. The ultra-Orthodox communities of the county are the most affected by the measles outbreak according to the New York Times.

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