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Both the seasonal flu and the coronavirus, are viruses that can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms.

Protecting our community this winter:

Covid-19 is not a strain of the flu. It is part of a family of coronaviruses, including some that give people upper respiratory illnesses. Experts say the coronavirus is much deadlier than the seasonal flu.

Flu vaccination is important because:

• if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu

• if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill

• it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu. This year's flu shot does not contain the coronavirus nor elements meant to protect people from it.

Vaccination for children 2-3 years old is available from your local GP and some children’s centres. Children attending a Primary School in City and Hackney will be offered the flu vaccine at school.

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Fatwa on Flu vaccine containing Porcine gelatine

I begin with the name of Allah, the Kind the Caring

The flu vaccine that contains porcine gelatine is a simple nasal spray that is particularly useful and easy to administer to children. It is administered to children who are susceptible to flu and have other problems like asthma which is exacerbated by the flu. It has been shown to reduce A &E admissions and other complications considerably.

Firstly, it’s important to understand the nature of the porcine gelatine. This is a pure product and is exactly same as the cow gelatine, goat or any other animals’ gelatine. It has same protein structure, same properties and same colour, texture and taste. You would not be able to distinguish the porcine gelatine from the others. Considering this fact it is argued that it doesn’t matter what its origin is.  A similar fatwa was issued by Mufti Ali Jumma the Grand Mufti of Egypt about Pig products including insulin. 

Secondly, this is for a medical purpose, it’s not consumption or eating. The nasal vaccine is important preventative measure that has been shown empirically to reduce lot of suffering in vulnerable children. This then falls under the well-known category of ‘darurah’ necessity, required and needed. The Quran teaches: “He has made unlawful for you the carcass, the blood, pork and animals over which any name other than Allah’s has been invoked. However, if one is dying of hunger then a small amount can be eaten in order to survive, Allah is Forgiver and Kind.” (Al Baqara:173) From this jurist have reasoned that when something that is forbidden is necessary for survival then it becomes permissible. So, if porcine gelatine was forbidden in this situation, it becomes permissible. The other rule from this is: “What is permissible for a particular need can be used accordi ng to the amount required.” Thirdly, mynfatwa is based on this powerful principle Istihala found in books of Fiqh: “Istihala means the change of a substance as a result of its purification and the removal of all the impurities around it. Scholars are agreed that when alcohol changes into vinegar it is considered pure. The majority of Hanafi, Maliki scholars and Imam Ahmed said that istihala renders impure substance pure. As mentioned above, there is no scholarly contention on the purity of an alcohol that has turned into vinegar. Another example the scholars give is the blood of deer, when it is converted into musk it becomes an expensive fragrance. (p1738 Encyclopaedia of Fatwa published by Dar la Ifta Al-Misriyya)

Considering this evidence, we conclude the nasal flu vaccine containing porcine gelatine is permissible for use.

And Allah knows best.

Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari

Director of British Fatwa Council

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