De Blasio measles

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Williamsburg and said unvaccinated people in several ZIP codes will be required to get an MMR vaccine as a measles outbreak continues to swell in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the city’s Health Department will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients. Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000.

A strong jump in measles cases over the past week has New York City has the Health Department taking a firm stand, telling yeshivas to close their doors to unvaccinated students or face closure and fines.