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.
If people are unsure of their vaccination history, Amler said, they should contact their health department or the last school they attended.
Like most US states - all but three, including California - New York requires a series of vaccinations for school-age children but grants exemptions on both medical and religious grounds.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency on Tuesday that requires unvaccinated individuals in the largely Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg - where 285 people have been diagnosed with measles since last fall, and almost two dozen hospitalized - to get the measles vaccine or face citations or fines of up to $1,000. There were only two cases of measles in 2017 in New York. Two of the infected children developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized as a result. The motive behind this hatred becomes readily apparent in light of statistics evidencing that acute Orthodox Jewish outbreak areas have vaccination rates rivaling those of many other municipalities.
For that reason, countless rabbinical figures and leaders, including leading rabbis in the Agudath Israel movement and doctors serving these communities, have repeatedly encouraged vaccination in the strongest possible terms. "But I don't see any side effects", she said. He said that most things that happen in Jewish communities get blown out of proportion, "If it [the outbreak] was true, there would be signs outside every synagogue telling people not to go in, and there aren't". Miriam's daughter doesn't want to vaccinate her children, she said, because she is anxious about the vaccines affecting brain function. But you don't need to go as far as Madagascar - common tourist destinations like England, France, Italy and Greece had measles outbreaks previous year. Last year's overall total was 372 cases. Many scientific studies attest to their safety, including one major 10-year Danish study of 1 million people that was published in the March 5, 2019, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine that proved the MMR vaccine has no links to autism.
Latimer said people who have been vaccinated need not worry about contracting the virus. "Even the hospital didn't know what it was at first, but now they figured it out".
"I'm very upset that people have their own opinion and not immunizing the children and putting risk on other children who can get sick", said Nitra Community Administrator Herschel Reich.
The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on nearby surfaces.
Q: Is the vaccine safe? "I think it will help in getting the community covered", he said. Before researchers developed a vaccine, this disease once affected millions in the US and hospitalized tens of thousands every year. The bulk of the recent outbreaks - defined as three or more connected cases - occurred in our region, including 173 cases diagnosed this year in Rockland County, New York, where government officials have attempted to ban unvaccinated individuals from public spaces.