"This is an unusual action", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged, "and it's because of the sheer extent of the crisis". Of those cases, at least 21 ended up hospitalized, WLNY reported.
"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving", saidMayor de Blasio.
Health officials have largely blamed the outbreaks on small but vocal anti-vaccine advocates who scare well-meaning parents by spreading unsafe lies and misinformation about life-saving vaccines and their safety.
Measles spreads easily via coughing and sneezing, and can result in serious health complications ranging from permanent loss of hearing to brain swelling and death.
City officials said Tuesday that 246 cases were in children. "Unvaccinated people continue to get measles while overseas and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others".
In an attempt to "naturally" build up their kids' immunity to viruses, parents would get them all together, expose them to the virus, to get it over and done with.
These days, exposure parties are largely a thing of the past.
As skepticism over vaccines has increased in recent years, the number of cases of preventable diseases has spiked accordingly.
The United States declared measles eliminated from the country in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, meaning it is no longer constantly present.
Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients.
Residents living in the Williamsburg zip codes of 11205, 11206, 11211, and 11249 must be vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella or they face the possibility of fines that can reach up to $1000.
The measles vaccine, which the CDC recommends children get two doses of, is 97 percent effective, according to health officials.
Community leaders and doctors welcomed the move. Anyone who resists could be fined up to US$1,000. 'The schools are cooperating, everyone's cooperating'.
"Measles is a risky, potentially deadly disease that can easily be prevented with vaccine", said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. 'They will do anything and everything to improve the health of their children'.
Officials blamed the outbreak on so-called anti-vaxxers who have spread false information. "It's much more a Williamsburg problem than a Borough Park problem". A Williamsburg yeshiva that fell out of compliance in January is connected to more than 40 measles cases, ABC7 NY reported.
In Brooklyn and Rockland County, anti-vaccination advocates have been circulating a 40-page booklet around Orthodox Jewish enclaves.
Government pushes for inoculations and public space bans of unvaccinated children have prompted a backlash among anti-vaccination activists, whose misinformation campaigns have led to declines for vaccinations against one of the world's most contagious diseases.
That order was overturned by a state judge on Friday, local media reported. The other locations include areas of Washington state and Michigan, Butte County and Santa Cruz County in California, Rockland County in NY, and Ocean County in New Jersey.
A growing and vocal fringe of parents oppose vaccines believing, contrary to scientific evidence, that ingredients in the vaccines can cause autism or other disorders.
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