Five parents, who oppose vaccinations, have filed a lawsuit against New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and its Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot for an emergency order that makes measles vaccinations mandatory, reports the New York Post.
MSNBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres said the measles epidemic in New York City may go national because of anti-vaxxer parents:
In 2000, the US declared measles eliminated, meaning either there were very few cases, it wasn’t eradicated but it wasn’t endemic, it wasn’t entrenched in the U.S. Talking to measles experts, they’re saying we can’t say that anymore.
The thing people have a hard time realizing is that measles is one of the most contagious viruses out there known to man. Somebody you pass in the concourse of an airport, boom, you catch it very easily. Ninety percent of people unprotected catch it if somebody passes them with measles.
Get vaccinated. There’s no harm in the vaccine. It’s rare to get any problems from the vaccine. It’s not rare to get problems from measles.
(Sources: MSNBC, New York Post)