How NYC plans to enforce unusual measles vaccination order

New York 04/10/19, 00:12

In a rare order, New York City is requiring residents of a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles. Now the question is how officials intend to enforce that demand.Authorities plan to start by asking people sickened in the city's biggest measles outbreak since 1991 about where they've ...

How measles is making a return in New York and elsewhere

Sports 04/09/19, 21:23

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community.The city took the unusual step amid a surge of 285 measles cases in the city since September, most in one densely ...

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

U.S. 04/09/19, 14:26

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people ...

US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

Health 04/08/19, 12:36

U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That's up from 387 the week before.The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when ...

Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

Business 04/05/19, 09:37

Like health officials facing measles outbreaks, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short.The digital scrapbooking site Pinterest — which has been a leading online repository of vaccine misinformation — in 2017 took the seemingly drastic ...

Measles count in US this year already more than all of 2018

U.S. 04/01/19, 09:09

U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018.There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. There were 372 last year. It's the most since ...

California may toughen immunization rules to block measles

U.S. 03/26/19, 16:01

California may give state public health officials instead of local doctors the power to decide which children shouldn't be vaccinated before attending school.The legislation announced Tuesday would also let state and county health officials revoke medical exemptions granted by doctors if they are found to be fraudulent or contradict federal ...

Parents protest Ore. vaccine bill as measles outbreak grows

Health 03/07/19, 20:02

As a measles outbreak in southwest Washington continues to grow, hundreds of people, including families, swarmed the Oregon state Capitol to protest a measure making it harder for parents to opt out of school vaccination requirements."There is no measles emergency," said Sarah Bacon during a speech at a protest rally. ...

Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions

Health 03/06/19, 17:22

As health officials monitor an outbreak concentrated in southwest Washington, the state House approved a measure that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles.The vote comes in the midst of an outbreak that has sickened at least 71 people ...

Amid measles outbreak, Ore. eyes vaccine requirements

Health 03/01/19, 20:02

A measles outbreak in southwest Washington has added urgency for Oregon lawmakers as they consider tightening the state's school vaccination requirements, which are considered some of the most relaxed in the country.More than 65 people, many of them unvaccinated children, have been sickened with measles in Clark County, Washington."It's not ...

Measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest about half of US cases

Health 03/01/19, 18:47

The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that's sickened 68 people so far.An unvaccinated Illinois resident who spent time overseas visited Portland International Airport ...

How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb

Health 02/27/19, 16:25

The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017, and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress at a hearing Wednesday.Republican and Democratic lawmakers at ...

State Senate panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions

Health 02/22/19, 15:43

A Washington state Senate committee advanced a measure Friday that would do away with the option for parents to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children's school vaccinations.The Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee passed the measure on a 7-4 party line vote a day after health ...

Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills

Health 02/20/19, 17:26

As health officials identified a new case from a measles outbreak in Washington state, lawmakers continue to weigh two measures that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children.A House committee last week advanced a measure that would remove the philosophical exemption ...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Health 02/18/19, 08:18

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have been sickened in an outbreak blamed partly on recent vaccination fears.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday a massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may ...

Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61

Health 02/17/19, 19:57

Clark County Public Health has identified two new measles cases and two new exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong released a statement Sunday saying the agency has now identified 61 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus.Of the 61 cases confirmed in Clark County, 54 ...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Health 02/15/19, 15:10

Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a ...

Southwestern Washington measles case count holding at 53

Health 02/14/19, 08:50

Clark County Public Health hasn't identified any new measles cases or exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.The Columbian reported Wednesday that only one new case has been identified since Feb. 8. One previously confirmed case was ruled out after further testing.There are also four confirmed cases in Multnomah County, ...

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