Germany suggests fines on parents declining children's measles vaccination


CDC reported 704 total cases of measles as of April 26, including 13 individual outbreaks in 22 states in 2019. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have both reported 4 confirmed cases of measles, according to CDPH.

The latest federally documented number of measles cases nationwide is 764. It's the most in the USA since 1994, when 963 were reported.

As of May 3, 2019, NYC had issued fines to 3 individuals and a network of schools, which now owes more than $2,400 in fines for non-compliance, confirmed to NY Daily News.

Health officials said CT, as a whole, has an excellent vaccination rate, above the threshold normally needed to ensure that isolated cases of the highly contagious disease don't turn into an outbreak.

The crackdown was in response to a measles outbreak affecting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, and unvaccinated people living in select ZIP codes will now be required to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, known as MMR, to curtail the outbreak and protect others.

This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week, and the greatest number of cases reported in the country since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC.

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Measles was once common but gradually became rare after a vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

State and local officials in recent weeks have looked at new ways to fight the outbreak.

"One tool is quarantine which typically means limiting exposure", she said, explaining that a person is released from quarantine once they show proof of immunity to measles. Smith said most of the cases there are from four outbreaks, each of which began when an unvaccinated traveler returned home infected. That dose may not offer lasting protection, so the other two doses should be administered as recommended for routine vaccination.

A suggested law by Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed that Parents in Germany who decline to vaccinate their children against measles could face fines of up to 2,500 euros (about United States dollars 2,800).

Experts generally say if more than 95% of the population is properly immunized, measles can not spread easily and is effectively contained. "Vaccination is our best tool", Messonnier said.