At A Glance

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York’s measles outbreak has now infected nearly 500 people.

Lawmakers and health officials urge residents to get their vaccinations. Free clinics will be held Friday in Westchester and Rockland counties.


  • New York City: 285 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens
  • Elsewhere In New York: 180 in Rockland County, 17 in Orange County, 8 in Westchester County and 2 in Sullivan County
  • In New Jersey: 4 in Monmouth County and 7 in Ocean County

Brooklyn mother Bernadette Serton told CBS2 she’s worried about the growing number of cases in the borough.

“It’s your children, you don’t gamble,” she said. “It makes me want to stay away from Williamsburg.”


Park Slope pediatric Dr. TJ Gold and other area doctors are trying to bust measles myths that convince some parents not to vaccinate.

“It’s been extremely busy, the amount of questions we’re having,” she said. 

“They think measles is a mild viral illness with just a rash and fever,” added Dr. Rabia Agha, pediatric infectious diseases chief at Maimonides Children’s Hospital.

But in fact, the disease could case pneumonia, permanent brain illnesses and even death.

Web Extra: Doctors Take On The Myths About Measles, Vaccinations

In Rockland County, where there are an alarming 180 cases, there’s an ongoing battle over what to do about the failure to vaccinate.

“If we don’t slow down this rate immediately, we’re going to have a major problem,” County Executive Ed Day said.

In Williamsburg and Borough Park, Mayor Bill de Blasio put a mandatory vaccination order in place, which former New York attorney general candidate Michael Sussman plans to fight.

“We cannot have executive overreach by anyone at this time point in time,” he said.

Web Extra: Read NYC Health Commissioner’s Vaccination Order

The mayor, however, believes his order is working.

“We will beat them, absolutely confident we’ll beat them,” he said.

The mayor’s order threatens unvaccinated people in those communities with a $1,000 fine.


Westchester County

April 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Westchester County Dept. of Health
134 Court St.
White Plains, NY

April 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Westchester County Dept. of Health
25 Moore Avenue
Mount Kisco, NY

Rockland County

April 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Monsey WIC Office
23 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite 103
Monsey, NY


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