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New York issues measles vaccine mandate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/10/19, 11:28 am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood in response to a measles outbreak. The virus has infected 285 people in Brooklyn’s largely Orthodox Jewish Williamsburg section since September. Anyone working or going to school within four New York ZIP codes must get the measles vaccine, including all children older than 6 months. New York City’s health commissioner is empowered by law to order vaccines in the event of a serious public health threat. Officials cannot legally force anyone to be vaccinated, but those who don’t will face a $1,000 fine. The city plans to target infected people and those they have had contact with to enforce the fines. “We have to protect our kids and our families,” de Blasio tweeted.

Last month, officials in nearby suburban Rockland County, N.Y., banned unvaccinated children from going to public places for 30 days. Last week, a judge temporarily halted the order after parents sued. Lawsuits are also expected over de Blasio’s vaccine order.

There have been 465 cases of the measles in the United States since 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • KF
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 01:19 pm

    Are they saying that kids that HAVEN'T been vaccinated against measles, might have measles and give it to kids that HAVE BEEN vaccinated against measles??? Or are they saying that the kids that HAVEN'T been vaccinated are at risk of getting it from the kids that HAVE been vaccinated? Let that all sink in. It makes no sense.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 06:47 pm

    See not silent's great explanation below. Although most often these outbreaks do spread quickly through communities where many people haven't been vaccinated, they can end up putting others at risk as well.

  • veritas's picture
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 06:13 am

    Immunity from vaccines or the full strength wild version of the virus is not 100%. The measles vaccine is around 97% effective, if both doses are given. This enough for herd immunity generally. Also, some have medical conditions that prevent a safe administration of the vaccine. Those with leukemia, some types of cancer and other conditions cannot get the vaccine, and it would be probably fatal to get the full strength wild version of the virus. These people are depending on those around them with healthy immune systems to get the vaccine to protect them with herd immunity.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 01:58 pm

    I recall from history when Jews were "forced" to wear a big yellow star. Now they are being "forced" to be vaccinated. 

    "Anyone working or going to school within four New York ZIP codes must get the measles vaccine, including all children older than 6 months."

    And if the vaccine is so effective, then the vaccinated people need not worry about contracting it. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 02:08 pm

    I'm not crazy about the government forcing people to do things, but it only took me a few minutes to find out why they are insisting people should be vaccinated.  There's the obvious reason-that kids who haven't been vaccinated could give it to other kids who haven't been vaccinated-but there are other reasons.  There are people who CAN'T have vaccinations-like newborns who are too young to be vaccinated as well as people who can't have vaccinations because of allergies, immune system disorders, and illnesses like leukemia.  Some of these illnesses can be serious; and, before there were vaccinations, they used to spread to almost everyone in the population.  Since we have had vaccinations, some illnesses like polio are basically non-existent; but my mom remembers when people were TERRIFIED of polio because it KILLED kids.  Even now, an illness that makes the average person sick and uncomfortable may be deadly to someone with an immune disorder, and it only takes one sick person to start spreading the disease to others who aren't vaccinated.  If there are a lot of people who aren't vaccinated, that means a lot of kids get sick.

    I personally can't have some vaccines because I'm allergic to the ingredients and others because I have a genetic immune disorder; and there are others who are much more at risk than I am.  Those who can't be vaccinated count on the fact that most of the population has received vaccinations and won't get sick so that there isn't an outbreak which can expose them to these illnesses.      

  • DR
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 02:50 pm

    Thank you, not silent, for your helpful comments.

  • GP
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 11:34 pm

    If I were a resident of Williamsburg, I'd pay the fine (obeying the authorities) resting assured the LORD would provide, and pray for those who are unvaccinationable, until the law is found unconstitutional.  The toxicity of most vaccinations is striking and the research exists showing the connection to seriously harmful effects in some, so I can understand why some would not want the vaccine.  Who's health is more important, those who cannot be vaccinated or those who reasonably refuse in order to avoid potential harm?  Neither, your right.  The city could very well have mandated the temporary evacuation of those who cannot be vaccinated, a less invasive approach, but impractical and costly.  However, the refusal to move would not guarantee the government sticking a needle into your skin and injecting permanent foreign toxic material into the body. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 04/11/2019 08:38 am

    Hi Gregory Pearce, would you mind sharing links or information that shows that the toxicity of vaccinations is striking and that the research shows the connection to seriously harmful effects?  I just did a search and everything except one source said that there have been numerous studies (plus ongoing studies) and all have shown that vaccinations were safe.  The one source that mentioned harmful effects of vaccines referred to a study on the effects of aluminum, in which the writer talked about the harmful effects of "aluminum adjudivants" in vaccines.  I always try to check more than one source, so I found a report from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia which said that "aluminum adjudivants" are not used in vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, or rotavirus.  It also said that the amount of aluminum in vaccines "is similar to that found in a liter (about 1 quart or 32 ounces of liquid) of infant formula"; and, although infants receive 4.4 mg of aluminum from vaccines in their first 6 months, they receive more than that in their diets-i.e., breast fed infants receive 7 mg, formula-fed infants receive 38 mg, and those who are fed soy formula receive 117 mg during their first 6 months from their diets. (  


  • cln
    Posted: Fri, 04/26/2019 01:21 pm

    They never tell you how many of the kids who have measles were fully vaccinated. They know that vaccinated kids can have measles. 

  • cln
    Posted: Fri, 04/26/2019 01:28 pm

    Here is a "debate" between Del Bigtree, producer of the TV show The Doctors and a scientist on the issue of vaccines, safety and testing. I would love to see some comment on this. You will quickly understand if you do some research why they say vaccines are "safe and effective."