New York City orders mandatory shots in toughest U.S. action to date against measles

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NEW YORK — New York City officials on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations to halt an outbreak concentrated among ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, putting in place the broadest vaccination order in the United States in nearly three decades.

The order is the latest flash point in a nationwide battle to try to stop the second-biggest flare-up of the disease since 2000 — spurred by travel to hot spots, such as Israel, that are experiencing their own outbreaks and widespread misinformation about vaccines that has frightened a generation of parents who have not witnessed firsthand the ravages of one of the most dangerous diseases.

New York’s mandatory vaccination order in four Brooklyn Zip codes is by far the toughest action to date by state or local officials, as the disease’s tally grows to 465 cases in 19 states. Officials there and elsewhere have sought to bar unvaccinated children from schools and other public places but have had only limited success.

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