Deadline approaches to get vaccinated against the measles or face $1,000 fine

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WILLIAMSBURG -

Today is the deadline for those living in parts of the borough to get vaccinated against the measles.

Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the outbreak the largest outbreak of the measles that New York City has seen 1991.

On Tuesday, the mayor and health commissioner declared a public health emergency.

The city confirmed more than 250 cases of the measles. The mayor calls the disease dangerous and potentially deadly.

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Health officials say the disease is preventable with the measles mumps rubella, or MMR vaccine.

They're encouraging anyone traveling, especially abroad, to get the shots saying it's very common to get measles in other countries and bring it back.

No deaths have been reported, but there have been 20 hospitalizations and several admissions to the intensive care unit, according to city health officials.

The city health commissioner put out an order for everyone living in the zip codes 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 to get themselves and their children vaccinated.

Those who do not get vaccinated or don’t have evidence of immunity could face a $1,000 fine.

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