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NYC health officials warn against 'measles parties' amid biggest outbreak in decades

NYC health officials warn against 'measles parties' amid biggest outbreak in decades

"As part of the declaration, unvaccinated individuals living in those ZIP codes who may have been exposed to measles will be required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in order to protect others in the community and help curtail the ongoing outbreak", the city writes in a Tuesday news release.

"If people will simply cooperate quickly, nobody will have to pay a fine", Mr de Blasio said.

The CDC has said that in the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, almost all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age and that an estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. "We have to stop it now", he said.

The first Brooklyn child with measles acquired the infection on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak is occurring, according to the New York City Health Department.

New York City's health commissioner is empowered by law to issue such orders in cases where they might be necessary to protect against a serious public health threat.

In New Zealand, one case of measles was confirmed in Mount Maunganui on Monday.

Cases have also been confirmed in Auckland and Christchurch.

Miranda said there's no blueprint for how city officials could forcibly vaccinate people.

"People in violation of our order to get vaccinated against measles will get a violation and could be fined $1,000 per instance", NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Oxiris Barbot tweeted.

"This outbreak is being fuelled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighbourhoods".

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"As a parent, I have no doubt that each and every parent is making decisions based out of what they believe is best for their children", said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. "We've seen a large increase in the number of people vaccinated in these neighborhoods, but as Passover approaches, we need to do all we can to ensure more people get the vaccine".

Officials fear increased travel during Passover among people who could carry measles to or from NY.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced Tuesday that they were setting up a special team to oversee and manage the agency's response to ongoing measles outbreaks. Even now, 1 in 4 people who get measles end up hospitalized.

Dr Jeffrey Dick of Kindercare Pediatrics in Williamsburg said his practice had seen at least a dozen measles cases in recent months, but also an uptick in families seeking vaccinations as worry about the outbreak spread.

"And it's everybody's option to do what he wants".

Earlier this week, the city ordered religious schools and day care programs serving that community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being closed down. Most have been in Hasidic Jewish communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn. Officials there banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces last month.

"Measles are highly risky and contagious", Councilmember Stephen Levin, whose district includes Williamsburg, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

People are infectious from five days before the onset of the rash to five days after the rash starts. "Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective".

"It's crucial for people to understand the measles vaccine works", de Blasio continued.