Baby’s diphtheria death: Don’t doubt vaccines’ halal status, says Health Ministry

  • KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has urged Muslim parents not to doubt the halal status of vaccines administered on their children, including that for diphtheria.
  • Health Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the ministry conducts checks on all vaccines it obtains, and rejects those containing porcine deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
  • Despite this, he said that there are Muslim parents who still refuse vaccines for their children due to doubts over their halal status.
  • Hilmi was responding to reports of the death of a 2-month-old child who was infected with diphtheria, and was found not to have been vaccinated upon the family’s request.
  • He advised Muslim parents to trust data provided by experts, and to steer clear of information circulated on social media.
  • “In Malaysia, there is only one vaccine which contains porcine DNA – the Rotavirus vaccine. The government does not buy the Rotavirus vaccine. It is only available in private clinics to treat severe diarrhoea,” he said.

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