Biggest measles outbreak since 2000 strikes 19 states

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

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

The drugmaker is the exclusive manufacturer of the MMR II - measles, mumps, rubella - vaccine, which is generally distributed in two doses.

Meanwhile, the Orange County Health Department said a New York City resident with confirmed measles visited Woodbury Common on March 31.

It's a nightmare for public health officials, but it's good for Merck & Co., Inc.

"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday in Williamsburg. "Do we have the right - does society, government have the right to say 'you must vaccinate your child because I'm afraid your child is going to infect my child, even if you don't want it done and even if it violates your religious beliefs?"

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". The mandatory orders came after people stubbornly refused to get vaccinations for themselves and their kids. "And for decades that vaccine policy has been largely effective". Anyone who is unsure about his/her or their child's vaccination status can work with their health care provider's office or school to obtain their vaccination records.

Avi called Bill de Blasio an anti-semite, and stressed that measles outbreak wasn't affecting that many people. 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. "But we're also trying to help everyone understand there is urgency here". In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure.

Officials said their efforts have paid off with 8,000 additional vaccinations in affected neighborhoods compared with the prior year. 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.

Ireland's Minister for Health TD Simon Harris has said he "instinctively agrees" that healthy, unvaccinated children should be banned from attending schools. "The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak". "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.

He added: "There's an outbreak of measles in north county Dublin, and that is only because the uptake of the MMR vaccine is much lower than it should be, and that is as a result of misinformation on social media". Six of the children are siblings.

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