Five parents are suing New York City over an emergency order for mandatory measles vaccinations. Anyone who doesn’t comply could face a $1,000 fine. The parents are saying that the order is violating their religious beliefs.
When the public health emergency was issued by the New York City Mayor, there were 285 confirmed cases. According to ABC News, “the vast majority of cases involved children under 18 who were not vaccinated or who had not received the required number of doses of the….vaccine”.
NYC’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said that “This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods. They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science.”