Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

Henrietta Strickland
April 12, 2019

Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman called the order threatening to fine residents of four ZIP codes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn if they refuse to have their children vaccinated "an overreach of authority".

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency.

New York City and Rockland County are both struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has mainly affected Orthodox Jewish families.

On Wednesday, Rockland County health officials confirmed there are now 173 reported cases of the illness in the area.

Facing a rapidly spreading outbreak of measles, Mayor Bill de Blasio has rightly declared a public health emergency, with fines for those who refuse to be vaccinated.

The new cases were reported a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced mandatory MMR vaccinations for everyone living in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood - in one of the toughest measures against an outbreak in United States history.

Public health officials insist otherwise.

"I'm very upset that people have their own opinion and not immunizing the children and putting risk on other children who can get sick", said Nitra Community Administrator Herschel Reich.

Measles has been confirmed in eight children, ranging in age from 6 months to 14 years old, all of whom live in northern Westchester and were not vaccinated, CBS New York reports. Six of the infected children are siblings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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