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Posted 30 July 2019 - 01:46 AM

Muslim parents refuse to let their children take part in nationwide flu vaccine drive 'because treatment is not halal'
By DIANNE APEN-SADLER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 01:05 BST, 29 July 2019 | UPDATED: 08:45 BST, 29 July 2019

  • Nasal spray Fluenz Tetra contains pork gelatine, which is considered to be haram
  • Vegetarian Society raised concerns over the vaccine as recently as last year
  • Muslim Council of Britain said spray would only be permitted if lives were at risk


Muslim parents are reportedly refusing to allow their children to have a nasal flu vaccine because the treatment is not halal.

Concerns were first raised over the spray - Fluenz Tetra - containing pork gelatine last year, but the issue has been highlighted again ahead of a new nationwide drive. At the time, the Vegetarian Society branded the use of the ingredient in three vaccines as 'disappointing', while the Muslim Council of Britain said the spray would only be permitted if there was no alternative and lives were at risk.

Next month, every healthy child between two and 10 in England will be offered Fluenz Tetra to increase herd immunity. But uptake in areas with a high proportion of practicing Muslims is 'significantly lower' than the average, reports the Telegraph. Dr Shuja Shafi, the chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain's research and documentation committee, said: 'We have consulted the scholars and this is their view… we need another vaccine which is halal.' Last year Dr Shafi urged doctors to find a 'long-term solution' to the issue. Two other vaccines, MMR VaxPro and Zostavax, also contain gelatine.

An injectable version of the spray which does not contain pork gelatine, which is considered haram, exists but is currently only given to high-risk children. The alternative is said to be 'less effective' as it does less to reduce flu spreading and can require two doses.

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 04:42 AM

It has pork in it? I bet they're not the only ones refusing.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 09:29 AM

View PostLadybird, on 30 July 2019 - 04:42 AM, said:

It has pork in it? I bet they're not the only ones refusing.

Oy!
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 07:37 PM

View PostLadybird, on 30 July 2019 - 04:42 AM, said:

It has pork in it? I bet they're not the only ones refusing.

Perhaps. But they’re not on record as raising a stink over it, either, are they? Leave it to the perpetually outraged and demanding moose limbs to get their panties in a wad.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 08:42 PM

Meh. Let 'em refuse. Fewer Muslims.

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

1917 all over again...
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 10:11 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 30 July 2019 - 08:42 PM, said:

Meh. Let 'em refuse. Fewer Muslims.

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Quite.
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Posted 31 July 2019 - 12:29 AM

View PostNoclevermoniker, on 30 July 2019 - 07:37 PM, said:

Perhaps. But they’re not on record as raising a stink over it, either, are they? Leave it to the perpetually outraged and demanding moose limbs to get their panties in a wad.

:yeahthat:
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Posted 31 July 2019 - 06:54 AM

My son's best friend, from K through 12 was a Muslim. I volunteered in his kindergarten class at the same time as his mother. I liked her. One day the whole class had a pizza party and MJ ate some pepperoni pizza. "We just won't tell your father," was her reaction. She didn't sue the school. She didn't raise a stink. We used to joke that I wouldn't feed her MJ pork when he came to our house and she wouldn't give my Brig coffee to drink at their house.

I know many Muslims are radicals. But as I read the initial article, I thought about MJ's mom. She wouldn't want her kids to get a shot if it were pork based. (I would think Jewish families might have the same concern. I don't know.)

At church, we are currently sponsoring a Muslim family from Afghanistan. The dad helped the US and was afraid for his family's safety. So they relocated here. They are a very nice, young family.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 08:16 AM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 31 July 2019 - 06:54 AM, said:

My son's best friend, from K through 12 was a Muslim. I volunteered in his kindergarten class at the same time as his mother. I liked her. One day the whole class had a pizza party and MJ ate some pepperoni pizza. "We just won't tell your father," was her reaction. She didn't sue the school. She didn't raise a stink. We used to joke that I wouldn't feed her MJ pork when he came to our house and she wouldn't give my Brig coffee to drink at their house.

I know many Muslims are radicals. But as I read the initial article, I thought about MJ's mom. She wouldn't want her kids to get a shot if it were pork based. (I would think Jewish families might have the same concern. I don't know.)

At church, we are currently sponsoring a Muslim family from Afghanistan. The dad helped the US and was afraid for his family's safety. So they relocated here. They are a very nice, young family.


That is great what your church is doing for that family. These efforts at reaching are an effective weapon against the suspicion and hatred. There’s an interfaith council my sisters masjid participate in, with churches and synagogues in the area. They get to know each other and help with each others projects, like food pantry referrals.
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