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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