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Following closely on the heels of Rockland County, NY's highly concerning declaration of medical martial law over its 'measles outbreak', NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced another public health emergency in Brooklyn over the measles, coercing compliance by threat of fines and imprisonment.
The New York City Health Department declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, following a 'measles outbreak' said to be concentrated within the orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn and Queens, starting in April and September, 2019, respectively.
The order requires mandatory MMR vaccination of unvaccinated infants (over 6 months) and children within four ZIP codes of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have been diagnosed with measles since September.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff blamed “anti-vaxxers” for the outbreak, citing their spreading of false information. NYC health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, stated: “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. We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk. We’ve seen a large increase in the number of people vaccinated in these neighborhoods, but as Passover approaches, we need to do all we can to ensure more people get the vaccine.”
Vaccine safety advocacy advocates, such as Jennifer Margulis, PhD, have pointed out the bigoted term "anti-vaxxer" is applied to anyone who questions vaccine safety. She quipped earlier this month:
"Every time you see the words "anti-vaxxers," know that the journalist or politican mispelled, "vaccine safety advocates."
The order did not come without severe criticism. For instance, The New York Civil Liberties Union stated that the NYC Health Department's order is illegal because it includes "forced vaccination." The Daily Beast published the group's official statement:
“Public health law authorizes the city to take action to address public health emergencies through containment and isolation of affected people.
“The City’s order provides that people will be vaccinated without their consent, an extreme measure which is not provided for in the law and raises civil liberties concerns about forced medical treatment.
“In addressing this public health crisis, the government is required to pursue the least restrictive means possible to balance individual autonomy with the public health risk. In this case, measures such as a quarantine or penalties for non-vaccination may be permissible, but forced vaccination is not.”
Additionally, Children's Health Defense, an organization founded by Robert Kennedy, Jr., launched a legal challenge to restrain the order immediately, stating:
"While New York City unquestionably has the authority to isolate infectious individuals, and even to quarantine them, and to exclude unvaccinated children from schools during an outbreak in that school, it does not have the authority to require vaccination for all individuals on the basis of zip codes with vaccines that explicitly carry the risk of death. This government overreach requires challenge."
The order applies to anyone living, working, or going to school in the proscribed areas, and while the city can not legally force someone to get a vaccination, the order states that failure to comply is “a misdemeanor for which you may be subject to civil and/or criminal fines, forfeitures and penalties, including imprisonment.”
Below is an except from the emergency order:
“ IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that any person who lives, works or resides within the 11205, 11206, 11221 and/or 11237 zip codes and who has not received the MMR vaccine within forty eight (48) hours of this Order being signed by me shall be vaccinated against measles unless such person can demonstrate immunity to the disease or document to the satisfaction of the Department that he or she should be medically exempt from this requirement.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parent or guardian of any child older than six months of age who lives, works or resides within the 11205, 11206, 11221 and/or 11237 zip codes and who has not received the MMR vaccine within forty eight (48) hours of this order being signed by me shall cause such child to be vaccinated against measles unless such parent or guardian can demonstrate that the child has immunity to the disease or document that he or she should be medically exempt from this requirement.
THIS ORDER shall remain in effect until the next meeting of the New York City Board of Health scheduled for April 17, 2019 at which time it may be continued or rescinded by the Board. Dated: April 9, 2019 Oxiris Barbot, M.D. Commissioner of Health
WARNING Failure to comply with this Order is a violation of §3.05 of the New York City Health Code, and a misdemeanor for which you may be subject to civil and/or criminal fines, forfeitures and penalties, including imprisonment”
The order remains in effect until the next meeting of the New York City Board of Health scheduled for April 17, 2019 at which time it may be continued or rescinded by the Board.
The order contains contact information for anyone wishing to object to it:
"Please write or fax Thomas G. Merrill, General Counsel, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th Street (WS 14-38) Long Island City NY 11101-4132; firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 347-396-6116; fax: 347-396- 6087, providing a statement of the reasons for your objection to the order.
If you have any questions about how to comply with this Order, please telephone Jane R. Zucker, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Immunization at 347-396-2471."
First, for greater context on this event, read the National Vaccine Information Center's article on "Government Police Powers: A History of Public Health Laws, Quarantine and Detention." If you have not already joined the NVIC's advocacy portal, we encourage you to do so here now, as well as their highly informative weekly newsletter The Vaccine Reaction.
For perspective on what is increasingly being labeled a 'deadly health crisis,' natural infection with measles is not only generally benign, conferring lifelong immunity following wildtype (natural) exposure, but it has also been identified within the scientific literature to reduce the risk of certain diseases. This is a key part of the hygiene hypothesis and takes into account groundbreaking research into the role of viruses in supporting our microbiome and genetic infrastructure. In fact, despite one-sided propaganda to the contrary, measles is actually transmitted by the vaccinated because the MMR vaccine contains a live virus which sheds for prolonged duration, in some cases. Merck, WHO, and CDC documents confirm this. Learn more by visiting our Measles database. Also, watch the newly released video below on concerning MMR vaccine trial results released via a Freedom of Information Act request that shows a shocking percentage of children participating in the study suffering from gastrointestinal illness and upper-respiratory illness after receiving the Measles, Mumps & Rubella shot.