Monday , June 14 2021

Indonesian fatwa causes a decrease in immunization rates



Abstract

Massive vaccine campaign against measles and rubella in Indonesia is in trouble after the Indonesian Ulama Chamber in Jakarta has issued a fatwa who declared the vaccine "haram, "or it was banned under Islamic law because the components of pigs were used in production, and the council decided that parents could still vaccinate their children, bearing in mind the need to protect public health, but many local clerics and confused parents decided differently: led to a 95% drop in vaccine rate in the first phase of the campaign last year on the island of Java, to 68% in the second stage ongoing on the remaining islands.The largest Muslim majority of the country could see new waves of measles and more abortions and disorders resulting from rubella infection during pregnancy.


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