In September, Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Deputy. announced the end of the public health emergency announced in April, warning that the threat had not passed.
"There may no longer be local measles transmission in New York, but the threat remains," said Dr. Barbot. "Our best protection against renewed transmission is to have a well-immunized city."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the outbreak of the US to international travelers who have brought the virus with them, sick from low-affinity communities. vaccination.
As of September 1
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"The sea urchin is very, very contagious, very easy to spread from person to person," says Dr. Roberto Posada, an infectious disease expert at Mount Sinai. "So you need high levels of vaccination in a community."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, millions of people became ill each year before the development and widespread use of the measles vaccine. Many were hospitalized and hundreds died.
"People today do not remember how serious measles can be that children can actually die," says Dr. Posada.
In New York, the Department of Health stated that 95% of measles patients were unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or of unknown vaccination status.
In addition, health officials say 80% of those infected in New York are under the age of 18.
The World Health Organization recommends that the community maintains about 95% vaccination rates in order to properly tackle the threat of measles.
"That's almost everyone," said Dr. Posada. "It doesn't take many people who do not vaccinate their children to drop this percentage below 95%, and then the entire community is at risk."
In response to the recommendation, communities maintain a 95% vaccination rate, 7 per country of your side-by-side investigations combined with ABC-owned television stations, coast-to-coast, in a measles return investigation to identify communities and specific schools nationwide where vaccination / immunity rates have dropped below 95% compared to the recent lights will.
Using data provided by the Departments of Health and Education in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, 7 On Your Side investigated and provided the immunization and release rates in the Tripartite District for measles vaccine at the school, district and district levels. interactive map information.
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In New York, we found an increasing number of students receiving religious and medical immunization exemptions between the 2010-11 and 2017-18 academic years, the last year for which data are available.
"I just believe they were born with a God-given immune system and I believe that it is sacred and that it should not be tampered with by humans or toxic chemicals," said Kathy Orofino, whose three boys were religious exceptions to immunization until the 2019-20 school year, when a new state responded to the epidemic, went into effect, removing exceptions for anything other than medical necessity.
According to the New York State Department of Health, the number of students with religious exemptions increased to 26 627 in the 2017-18 school year, an almost 90% increase over the 2010-11 school year.
students with medical exceptions also rose to 4,571, which is a 36% increase.
jars, one in three schools responding to an annual nationwide school immunization survey reported vaccination rates below 95%.
In Connecticut and New York, just over one in 10 schools report a vaccination rate of less than 95%.
In Rockland County and Brooklyn, two areas mostly affected by the outbreak, the number of schools dipping below 95% of the vaccination rate is higher than the state average in New York.
In Rockland County, nearly two in five schools report a vaccination rate of less than 95%, and in Brooklyn, almost one in four schools report a vaccination rate of less than 95%.
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"It's terrifying," says Cheryl Apostle, a mom of two fully vaccinated children who has just been vaccinated they go to school. "As much as you want to protect them from everything, you are so limited and illness is part of it. It's one of those things where I still have some element of control and so I'll do what I can. We don't understand if you can get vaccinated, why don't you do it? It's not a brain to us. "
Note: Comparing schools in a tripartite state has proven difficult. We had to rely on data from the 2017-18 school year, the only school year with comparable data provided by the three countries.
In addition, reporting varies by school and state. For example, in Connecticut, public health officials only consider the vaccination rates for specific schools in kindergarten and seventh grade. In addition, Connecticut said it has withheld the vaccination rate for certain low-enrollment schools to protect students' privacy.
New York reports that the rate of vaccination in public schools is increasing and, despite repeated requests, it does not publish data on individual schools to Eyewitness News.
New Jersey reports vaccination rates by county. These numbers are also indicated on the map.
The web site of the state health department allows searching of schools in schools of specific municipalities, but due to time constraints and the desire to provide this information as quickly as possible, we were not able to obtain individual data for all schools. The specific schools for which we were able to obtain information are included in the map.
Because data provided by public officials is in many cases based on percentages, comparisons across jurisdictions are approximate.
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