Flu vaccination delayed over Muslim pork concerns

Part of a pilot programme to vaccinate schoolchildren in Scotland against flu has been delayed over concerns from the Muslim community that it contains traces of pork, the BBC reports.

Pupils in Scotland can opt for an injected vaccine which contains no gelatine Credit: Bodo Marks/DPA/Press Association Images

Pupils at 100,000 primary schools are being offered the Fluenz vaccine as a nasal spray, but parents have raised concerns that the spray contains gelatine which is derived from pork.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, whose area contains most of Scotland's Muslims, said it had put back the rollout of the vaccinations "following concerns raised by a small number of parents".

Scottish health minister Michael Matheson said an investigation including Muslim scholars had concluded that the sprays could be used, but added that anyone with concerns could opt for a standard jab.