Jamiat gives the green light for measles vaccine

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 19 May 2017 | 22 Shabaan 1438

The City of Johannesburg launched an emergency measles vaccination campaign after 11 cases of the illness were reported in Gauteng.

The campaign – which began on Monday, May 15 and runs until Friday, June 30 – follows a directive from the national Department of Health after a reported increase in the number of confirmed measles cases in Gauteng.

The announcement was made in a statement warning residents to be cautious of a possible outbreak of measles – a highly contagious disease which is the leading cause of death among babies and teenagers – this winter season after 11 cases were reported in Region G near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

This prompted the city to embark on a vaccination drive to curb the disease from spreading further in other regions. The campaign will target children between six months and 15 years old.

However, upon inspection of the package insert of this vaccine it was found to contain the active ingredient which is live measles vaccine, preservatives as well gelatin.

It was later discovered that the source of the Gelatin used for their product is of Pig origin.

This information created alot of speculation and left muslim parents confused as to whether the little ones should be given this particular vaccine or not.

However, coming to the aid of the muslim community, The Jamiatul ulema S.A. have issued a fatwa outlining the use of the vaccine.