The city’s Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the resolution that would require adults and children living in Williamsburg to receive the MMR vaccine.
The vote extended the emergency measure already in place, which resulted in 102 schools and child care facilities receiving commissioner’s orders to exclude non-vaccinated students or face violations and possible closure.
Last Tuesday, the New York City Health Department ordered that every adult and child who live in zip codes 11249, 11211, 11206 and 11205 get the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine.
As of April 15, there have been 329 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens.
The city says of these cases have involved mostly members of the Orthodox Jewish community and that most cases have been in children 1 to 4 years old.
The order is part of the declared public health emergency. Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Bardot says she’s hopeful this will help eradicate the measles again.
Since then, the preschool program at the United Talmudical Academy was forced to close Monday after the health department says it refused to disclose medical and attendance records.
So far, there have been 25 hospitalizations and six people in intensive care.
The CDC says the measles vaccine is 97% effective.