15 Oct '11, 12pm

Religious beliefs hinder vaccination in East Java

Religious beliefs hinder vaccination in East Java

government has blamed parents' reluctance to get their children vaccinated for the recent diphtheria outbreak in East Java. -- PHOTO: AFP (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The government has blamed parents' reluctance to get their children vaccinated for the recent diphtheria outbreak in East Java, with many religious communities in the province still questioning whether the anti diphtheritic vaccine is halal, or allowed according to Islam. Edi Purwinarto, assistant for people's welfare affairs at the East Java provincial administration, said on Friday that local communities living in some small areas in the province were still somewhat reluctant to give their newborns a complete basic vaccination. 'Some parents resist getting their children vaccinated due to a number of reasons. Some of them are just worried that vaccination will hurt their children or cause a fever ...

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