NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

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This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered almost everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines. None of them attend public schools, Latimer said.

The year is already shaping up to be one of the worst for measles outbreaks across the nation.

Avi, 17, a resident of Kensington, Brooklyn, said he and hasn't seen any cases of measles. Six of the children are siblings.

New York City health officials have made vaccinations mandatory in its hardest hit communities, threatening fines up to $1,000 for noncompliance, The Associated Press reports.

"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination.

Symptoms of measles appear about 10 to 12 days after exposure, Amler said. We will use it prudently, we will use it with restraint, but we will use it to protect the public health of Westchester people. More than 465 cases have been recorded nationwide since the start of the year. It comes with a fever between 103 and 105 degrees, cough, runny nose, reddening of eyes or conjunctivitis, and a rash in the form of small raised red dots.

Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine at one of these clinics should register in advance for an appointment at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60. She told Oprah it was "mommy instinct" and that she hadn't wanted to vaccinate her son because of an article she had read recounting a study published inLancet.

Latimer said it would be under Amler's authority to declare any county-wide measures to contain the spread of the virus.

"I join the physicians of our state in urging all parents to immunize their children on time as per the (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) schedule and not just in times of crisis", the rabbi said. We all have our individual rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution. Before researchers developed a vaccine, this disease once affected millions in the US and hospitalized tens of thousands every year.

In February, the department increased the recommended MMR vaccine dose for children between ages 6 months and 11 months who live in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Instead, failure to vaccinate often is due to unfounded fears among people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, and financial means. He said the city would issue violations and possibly fines of $1,000 to those who did not comply.

If you have any questions about measles or the MMR vaccine, please call the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000.

Numerous parents hosting these parties have received misinformation about the safety of vaccinations, others claim that extreme religious beliefs drive their decision to not vaccinate their children.

David R. Curry, executive director of the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, told China Daily: "Once your child is exposed and has measles, there is no better convincing argument to parents who may be questioning whether vaccinations work than when they have to come to grips with the fact that their child, because they were unvaccinated, suddenly has a potentially risky disease".

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