US judge rejects parents’ challenge to NYC mandatory measles vaccine order

A Brooklyn judge has dismissed a lawsuit introduced by an nameless group of fogeys who argued the mandatory measles vaccination order imposed by the mayor earlier this month was unconstitutional.

A fireman needn’t get hold of the knowledgeable consent of the proprietor earlier than extinguishing a home fireplace. Vaccination is understood to extinguish the fireplace of contagion,” Judge Lawrence Knipel wrote in his decision, calling the mandatory vaccination order “a uncommon however vital step” and dismissing the mother and father’ arguments that it violates their non secular freedom, medical ethics, and “internationally accepted human rights rules such because the Nuremberg Code.”

Five mother and father, recognized solely by their initials, challenged the constitutionality of the order earlier this week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, slamming the measure as “arbitrary and capricious” and demanding an instantaneous halt to enforcement. In addition to violating their proper to “particular person autonomy, knowledgeable consent and free train of faith,” they claimed town had failed to present proof of a real public well being disaster. 

The emergency order mandates vaccination in anybody over the age of six months who lives, works, or attends college in a number of Brooklyn zip codes, house to giant concentrations of Orthodox Jews. At least three mother and father of unvaccinated kids have already been slapped with a $1,000 wonderful and threatened with one other $2,000 penalty if they don’t seem in court docket. Several Orthodox colleges and preschools have been quickly shuttered for failing to flip over their immunization and attendance information to metropolis well being authorities, whereas over 20 extra have obtained warnings.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the emergency nearly two weeks in the past, citing an alarming rise in measles instances and blaming “anti-vaxxers” for spreading “fake science.” The illness has contaminated 329 New Yorkers since September, a lot of them kids of Orthodox Jewish households dwelling in Brooklyn, making it the worst “outbreak” since 1991 – although some have argued that 329 instances of a non-fatal illness in a metropolis of 8.6 million folks doesn’t rise to the extent of a “crisis.”