Immunisation is vaccines are produced from haram sources

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Answered by Shaykh Ilyas Patel

Is is permissible to use vaccines derived from aborted fetal cells? All vaccines for viral diseases need to be grown on living cells, either human or animal. Is is permissible to have one’s children immunised with such vaccines, which are often the only ones available? Please advise or recommend someone I can ask, as so far I haven’t been able to find any answer.

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There two type of vaccines:
Vaccines for viral diseases and vaccines for bacterial infections.
Vaccines for viral diseases need to be grown on living cells. Cell lines are often used. This involves taking cells from an animal or aborted baby and growing them for many generations in a laboratory. Viral infections for which vaccines are available include Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles) Rabies, and Hepatitis A, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and influenza.
Vaccine production for bacterial infections does not involve cell lines, human or animal. Bacterial infections for which vaccines are given include Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Diphtheria,Typhoid, Tuberculosis and HIB.
The meningitis vaccine being given to students is against meningoccocal strain C. This is a bacterial infection and therefore is not grown on human or animal cell lines.

A prominent Mufti was asked this question. His research is that the traces of the aborted fetal cell does not remain part of the vaccination in many of the available vaccinations, as it goes through essential transformation (tabdil-mahiyya).Thus, it removes the traces of the cells that it has grown in.

The following is a frequently asked question on the Health Protection Agency website:
Q: I have heard that rubella is made from aborted human tissue?
A: Rubella vaccination is grown in a cell culture called MRC5. This was developed in the 1960s from a small number of cells taken from a single fetus that had been aborted on medical grounds. During manufacturing the rigorous purification process removes all traces of the cells that the vaccine has grown in. There is no fetal tissue or fetal cells in this, or any other vaccine.

In summary, many vaccinations are grown in the laboratory for many generations and the rigorous purification process removes all traces that the vaccine has grown in. Also, there are alternatives to fetal cell line vaccinations but they can only be obtained by one’s GP and administered.
Also there are many organizations who oppose vaccinations for various reasons (like it undermines the immune system which should be left to fight the viral and bacteria; it implies the legality of abortion or the risk of manufacturing fetal cells at the expense of legalizing abortion, etc) based on their research, but a conclusive argument against the use of it is needed.
And Allah alone knows best

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