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Judge Upholds Measles Order As City Closes 4 Yeshivas

April 19, 2019 - 6:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — After one preschool was closed and reopened, the city has closed four more yeshivas in Williamsburg for failing to turn over vaccination and attendance records.

The decision was made on the same day that a Brooklyn judge also sided with health officials to uphold the mandatory measles vaccination order and dismissed a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city was overstepping its authority.

Though children are on break this week, many parents want to know what will happen when students are meant to return to classes.

“Unless they have proven to the health department that all the kids who are attending have been vaccinated, they will remain closed,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on a WNYC broadcast.

On Thursday, New York City also began to issue summonses to three parents of unvaccinated children who had been exposed to measles. They now could face a $1,000 fine if a hearing officer upholds the summons.

“This is really serious stuff and I want to just remind everyone measles can be fatal, measles can lead to brain disease, measles are dangerous not only for kids, but also for pregnant women, for folks going through chemo and other treatments.

Since the issuing of the emergency order approximately 1,000 kids in Williamsburg have been vaccinated. The mayor added, “we are not letting up.”