Measles

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A judge has upheld a New York state law repealing religious exemptions from vaccinations required for children in schools or day care programs.

New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care.

Children's Health Defense

New York students who haven't been vaccinated against measles and other diseases are waiting to hear if they can go back to school.

Health officials say they've confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York. 

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton / AP/PBS NewsHour

A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

The number of new measles cases in the United States so far this year has hit 971, exceeding a record established 25 years ago that covered a whole year of new measles cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

On a Tuesday afternoon last month — a work and school day — more than 1,000 parents and children made their way to the state Capitol in Salem, Ore., bearing signs reading, "hands off our rights" and chanting "we do not consent!"

Like activists around the country this year, they had been mobilized by what for many is a noncontroversial fact of life: vaccines.

Karen DeWitt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of measles cases has grown to over 700 and is the worst outbreak in decades.


CDC Reports Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak Since Year 2000

Apr 25, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 695 measles cases in 22 states.

"This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000," says a CDC statement issued late Wednesday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Members of the New York State Senate are joining the fight to encourage people to get vaccinated amid an ongoing measles outbreak, as numbers approach levels not seen in 25 years.

A Brooklyn judge has sided with New York health officials to uphold a mandatory measles vaccinations order, dismissing a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

As the number of confirmed measles cases in New York continues to tick up, one county is determined to stem the spread of the disease by keeping it out of public spaces.

Measles is surging. Last week the U.S. recorded 90 cases, making this year's outbreak the second largest in more than two decades.

So far this year, the U.S. has confirmed 555 measles cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. That's 50 percent higher than the total number recorded last year, even though we're only about a quarter of the way through 2019.

And the virus isn't slowing down.

New York in the grasp of two infection outbreaks

Apr 12, 2019
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton / AP/PBS NewsHour

New York State is in the grasp of two infection outbreaks that may leave Western New Yorkers wondering about their own risk. One outbreak is the spread of highly contagious measles. The other is a drug-resistant and highly contagious fungus with the less familiar name of Candida auris.

New York City on Tuesday ramped up the battle against the spread of a measles outbreak in a Brooklyn hot spot, declaring a public health emergency and calling for mandatory vaccinations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the emergency covers four Brooklyn ZIP codes, including most of Williamsburg and Borough Park, which have seen more than 285 cases of the measles since October.

High health risks without measles vaccine

Feb 8, 2019
WBFO News file photo by Mike Desmond

The Center for Disease Control reports individual cases of measles have been confirmed in ten states and that includes New York. Four cases were confirmed earlier this week in the Rochester area. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the Erie County Health Commissioner about the importance of getting children vaccinated.  

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Erie County Health Department is investigating a possible case of measles at Williamsville South High School. Exposure may have occurred on Friday.

Mike Desmond/WBFO

The Erie County Health Department is dealing with an unusual double-barreled health problem—a measles case and an active case of tuberculosis.


The New York State Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Niagara, Genesee, Livingston and Chemung counties.

Photo from the Center for Disease Control website.

A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Feb 10, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Feb 6, 2015
Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

Apr 29, 2014
CDC.gov

The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.