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New York City's mandatory measles vaccine orders trigger lawsuit from parents

16 April 2019

Although the disease could be prevented if 95 per cent of the population were immunised, the World Health Organization reported that global coverage for the first dose of the two-step vaccination has stalled at 85 per cent for several years.

In 2014, the United States reported a record 667 cases, including one large outbreak primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH that accounted for more than half of the cases that year.

The most recent outbreaks appears to have originated from travelers who visited countries experiencing outbreaks of the disease, including Israel, the Philippines and Ukraine.

The number of measles cases in the US is now at the second-highest level since measles was eliminated in the country in 2000, according to a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over the a year ago, the largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases. The highest number of reported cases since 2000 was 667 in 2014, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, which is the most common cause of death from measles in young children. "Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella", the CDC said.

The anti-vaccination movementPublic health officials say current measles outbreaks in the US are fueled by the anti-vaccination movement, which questions the safety of vaccines and frequently spreads false information on social media.

Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period previous year, surging to over 112,000 reported cases - and likely many more unreported - the United Nations said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma. "The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people", it added.

Most of the NY cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. However, the claim spread fear among parents, leading to a small but vocal faction that makes up the current anti-vax movement.

The CDC recommends that children get two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose administered at between 12 and 15 months of age and the second dose at four to six years of age.

In an opinion piece for CNN, WHO heads Henrietta Fore and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world was "in the middle of a measles crisis" and that "the proliferation of confusing and contradictory information" about vaccines was partly to blame.

Measles can cause serious long-term harm, to individuals and to the economy.

Measles isn't just rising in the United States.

It's the first closure since health officials ordered residents of one Brooklyn neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles.

New York City's mandatory measles vaccine orders trigger lawsuit from parents