Muslim parents refuse to let their children participate in a nationwide flu vaccine "because the treatment is not halal".
- Nasal Spray Fluenz Tetra contains pork gelatin, which is considered to be a haram vaccine only last year
- Muslim Council of Britain said spray would only be allowed if life were in danger
Muslim parents reportedly deny their children the nasal influenza vaccine because the treatment is not halal Fluenz Tetra-containing gelatin from pork last year, but the topic was re-emphasized before a new nationwide campaign.
At that time, the Vegetarian Society described the use of the ingredient in three vaccines as "disappointing," while The Muslim Council of Britain said spraying was only allowed if there was no alternative and life was in danger.
Next month, Fluence Tetra will be offered to every healthy child between the ages of two and ten in England to increase the immunity of the herd.
Muslim parents reportedly refuse to vaccinate their children for nasal flu because the treatment is not halal (Photo file)
But inclusion in areas with a high proportion of practicing Muslims Shuja Shafi, Chair of the Committee for Research and Documentation of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "We consulted the scientists and this is their view … we need one another vaccine that is Halal. "
Last year Dr. Shafi doctors to find a "long-term solution" to the problem. Two other vaccines, MMR VaxPro and Zostavax, also contain gelatin.
There is an injectable version of the spray which does not contain porcine gelatin and is classified as a haram, but which is currently only administered to high risk children.
An alternative is less effective because it lessens the spread of the flu and may require two doses.
Dr. Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunization at PHE, told the Telegraph: "Our top priority is to make sure that vaccines are safe and effective, and PHE encourages parents to seek advice from their faith, or church leaders to share their decision. "
For the first time, concerns were raised about the spray – Fluenz Tetra – Contains pig gelatin last year, but the issue was highlighted again in front of a new nationwide drive (file photo)