With Measles Outbreaks, A Deadly But Preventable Disease Returns

Saturday, 13 Apr, 2019

Some Orthodox Jewish residents say refusing measles vaccines is a part of their religious belief, but on the streets of Williamsburg there is also strong support for vaccinations and worries that the outbreak might spread.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at least 465 individual cases of measles in 19 states in the past three and a half months. That compares to 372 cases in the United States for all of a year ago.

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. Mr. Sussman told local NY media that he hoped to file a lawsuit by Friday. We want nothing more than to keep our children healthy and protected.

The city also warned that yeshiva religious schools and day care programmes serving the local Orthodox Jewish community would face penalties and possible closure if they keep taking in students who are not vaccinated against measles, which can cause severe diarrhea, pneumonia and vision loss and can potentially be fatal.

Q: How does it spread? Failure to vaccinate children results in a deterioration of this herd immunity, resulting in outbreaks of preventable diseases such as the one in Rockland.

Q: Is a problem outside of the US?

Although measles was declared officially eliminated from the USA in 2000, a total of 465 cases have been confirmed in 19 states from January 1 to April 4, according to the CDC. Unvaccinated Americans traveling overseas, or foreign visitors here, can easily bring in the virus.

Cities hit with Measles outbreak. This is a disease that killed 110,000 people worldwide in 2017, and is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in the world. "Most people do vaccinate their kids, it has nothing to do with religion". Two shots are required, one around the first birthday and a second between age 4 and 6.

The biggest issue has been measles, which is incredibly contagious and spreads easily to those who aren't vaccinated. Doctors say symptoms usually develop 10 to 12 days after exposure to an infected person and last seven to 10 days.

Amler advised parents to consult with their healthcare provider about moving up plans to give their young children the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

"Vaccines are the most effective thing we do in public health".

Science has proven time and time again that immunizations are the safest way to prevent some of the scariest diseases out there-and that they have absolutely no connection to autism.

Q: Why isn't everyone vaccinated? In fact, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, now "47 states have provisions that allow parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine if it contradicts their religious beliefs, and 18 states permit philosophical exemptions based on moral, personal or other beliefs".

Recent years have seen multiple states across America expand the personal exemptions process but Mr. Silverman added that concerns could now swing that balance back toward public safety as concerns over the measles mount.

The outbreak has largely been concentrated in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. But anti-vaccine propaganda has found an audience among a larger than usual percentage of parents in a community used to cultural clashes with city officials.