Parents in New York City Are Throwing Measles Parties

Since I began my pediatrics practice in 1982, I have vaccinated thousands of children against measles and other life-threatening illnesses, and I am extremely grateful that we had these powerful yet simple weapons of prevention. Many studies have proven vaccines do not cause autism, and the majority of rabbis say vaccinations are healthy and kosher.

Instead, failure to vaccinate often is due to unfounded fears among people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, and financial means.

"As the outbreak continues to grow and even spread to other counties in NY, the mayor has ordered that people who are unvaccinated have 48 hours to get their shots or they will be fined "$1,000 per instance".

In the face of this crisis, schools in Washington and NY are keeping unvaccinated children out of classes, and Rockland County executive Ed May declared that they should be barred from all public places in the county.

New York City declares a state of public health emergency in Brooklyn as the measles outbreak has reached at least 285 cases. He said the city would issue violations and possibly fines of $1,000 to those who did not comply. "But we're also trying to help everyone understand there is urgency here".

A recent measles outbreak in NY and other states has left scientists wondering if the disease was ever truly vanquished.

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 unsafe disease". It encourages people to check CDC travel advisories online before traveling to any foreign location.

With talks of major advancements in medicine like an HIV cure and genetic editing, no one imagined that America would be infiltrated by a disease we conquered almost 20 years ago. However, a person can carry the virus for up to four days with no symptoms, and the virus spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing. It is transmitted through the air and on surfaces and is contagious before and after bumps show up, which is why it transfers so quickly from person to person.

"Religious exemption": For many county residents, the words have become central to the debate over the resurgence of measles and the rise of the anti-vaccine movement.

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. De Blasio also warned he might temporarily close non-compliant yeshivas in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community at the heart of the outbreak, according to The New York Times. Before researchers developed a vaccine, this disease once affected millions in the US and hospitalized tens of thousands every year. "You have to have high levels of protection to prevent an outbreak". In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the US was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.

Thanks to the vaccine, measles was eliminated from this country two decades ago.

"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving".

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

  • Delores Daniels