NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some due to Measles outbreak


Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a public health emergency because there are 285 cases of measles since October. 

The city has ordered mandatory MMR vaccinations for all people living in certain zip codes in Brooklyn. 

Those who do not comply risk facing a fine of $1,000 each.

Most of those with measles are under 18 years of age, have not been vaccinated and are members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious community. 

The outbreak began when an unvaccinated child became infected while visiting Israel, and brought the disease back. 

Yesterday, the city ordered Jewish schools (yeshivas) and day care programs in the community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being fined and closed down.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the surge was partly caused by the anti-vaccination movement and that if one person has it then those who are unvaccinated have a 90% chance of getting it from that person.