Indonesian ‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting


November 7, 2018

Islamic clerics in Indonesia recently issued a religious fatwa saying that the MR vaccine is “haram,” or forbidden under Islamic law because pig components are used in its manufacturing. This has caused vaccine rates to plummet, worrying public health experts because it means the world’s largest Muslim-majority country could see measles outbreaks and more miscarriages and birth defects. This concern from Muslims in Indonesia could be fixed with better education because of certain Islamic laws that allow the use of gelatin in the chemical process under these specific circumstances.

Epidemiologist and School of Public Health Professor Art Reingold said that without this education, however, “the only solution is to develop a halal vaccine as soon as possible.”

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