NYC declares public health emergency over measles

People living in select zip codes of Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood who don't get vaccinated could face a $1,000 fine.
1:25 | 04/10/19

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Now to new developments in that massive measles outbreak, 465 cases have been confirmed in 19 states. Now officials are declaring a public health emergency in new York City, promising serious consequences if you aren't vaccinated. Erielle reshef is here with the Good morning, Michael. This outbreak is so alarming to officials here in New York that in some areas they're mandating the vaccine and if people don't comply they could face fines up to $1,000. Health officials now checking vaccination records. It's not just here in New York people are concerned. Take a look, there are hot spots popping up all over the country. In Washington state they've also declared an emergency and are handing out free vaccines. Unvaccinated students in some areas of Michigan have been told to stay home. And it's highly contagious and can spread easily. It absolutely can. 90% of people who aren't vaccinated are susceptible. This is also concerning. Say I'm infected with this virus and I stand in this studio, if I leave, two hours later that virus is still lingering here in the studio. Anyone that's unvaccinated is at Wow. Who's the most vulnerable? Of course babies and young children who are too young to get vaccinated. You have the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and also pregnant women, even if they've received this vaccine could still be susceptible to complications. Thank you so much.

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