Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

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The Irish Times reports that while Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination rates in Ireland are high, they have dipped in recent years below the 95 percent which is recommended for "herd immunity".

Most of this year's measles cases in New Jersey have been linked to an outbreak in Ocean and Monmouth counties, the DOH found, and many originated with travelers who had been infected overseas.

Jewish children get off a Yeshiva school bus in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday. The city states that the first case was found in an unvaccinated child who had acquired the disease on a trip to Israel, which is now suffering an outbreak.

Some in the Orthodox Jewish community oppose vaccines, saying it is a part of their religious belief or they refer to fears that vaccines will cause autism. "You can not get measles from the vaccine". Measles can be a serious infection that results in pneumonia, swelling of the brain, hearing loss and death.

"This is a public health emergency", the Democratic mayor said. His father has a doctor's office in the area. And that puts anyone with a compromised immune system in danger-including newborn babies who are too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women, and people with cancer or on immunosuppressive therapies because of transplants.

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued mandatory measles vaccination to people living in or near Williamsburg.

"I'm not sure we need to do what New York City is doing, but I'm happy they are doing it", said Dr. Puthenmadam Radhakrishnan, a pediatrician with a practice in Ewing.

"Our goal is to get people vaccinated", he said.

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However some locals, like Miriam, 66, are anxious about how the outbreak may affect their family members. "He called me yesterday afternoon to tell me", she said of her son. "It's not just that they know what questions to ask".

Junior biology major Caleb Gruber said, for him, appreciating the ability to practice advanced medicine and create vaccines is an expression of faith. Last year's overall total was 372 cases.

Luisa Fuel, 73, has lived in Williamsburg for 42 years since she came from Ecuador, and has a daughter who went to P.S. 16 Leonard Dunkly elementary school.

De Blasio's plan is a "complete overstep of a government agency", Lane added. Those who fail to comply could face fines up to $1,000.

Westchester officials have yet to announce what measure they will take, but Westchester Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler implored parents to vaccinate their children.

Other residents also proposed alternative solutions to stop the spread of the disease.

As anti-vaccination movements continue to rise, Coffey explained that the widespread opposition to vaccination is mainly based in false news about side effects.

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