New York – NYC DOH To Hold Today ‘tele-townhall’ To Fight Back Against Anti-vaccination Propaganda


    FILE PHOTO: A sign warning people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg, two days after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn in response to a measles outbreak, is seen in New York, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoNew York – The Health Department today announced that it will host a tele-townhall to provide parents and community members with scientifically and medically accurate information on the danger of measles and the benefits of vaccination. Dr. Michael Phillips and Dr. Jennifer Lighter from NYU School of Medicine will be on the line to answer New Yorkers’ questions about the vaccine and measles.

    The tele-town hall will be moderated by the Health Department’s Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis. This tele-townhall is part of a larger strategy to combat anti-vaxx misinformation.

    “This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods. They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and others at risk.”

    The tele-townhall will run from 6 PM-7 PM; to join, call (917) 983-4660

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