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STATEMENT ON PORCINE MATERIAL IN MMR II VACCINE

June 27, 2003 2:21 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow was made aware that stocks of the Aventis (MMR II) vaccine it was introducing to Greater Glasgow contains porcine (pig) material.

A senior Glasgow doctor who is a member of the Muslim community raised the issue.

May of the presence of porcine gelatin in the vaccine in order they could inform parents whose babies are due to receive the vaccination, particularly those of the Muslim or Jewish faiths, prior to vaccination.stNHS Greater Glasgow informed all GP practices in Greater Glasgow on Saturday 31

NHS Greater Glasgow Public Health consultant Dr Syed Ahmed, (Glasgow's immunisation co-ordinator) said: "I can reassure parents that there is no question or doubt over the long term safety and effectiveness of these vaccines and encourage all parents to have their children vaccinated."

Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "We take the religious beliefs of our population very seriously. Parents who do not wish their child to receive the Aventis (MMR II) vaccine will be offered the alternative Priorix vaccine."

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