Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2022-2023 Season

Prepared by Mawlana Dr. Mateen A. Khan, MD and Dr. Ramzan Judge, PharmD Summary Permissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2022-2023 season Impermissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2022-2023 season Discussion Background on Influenza Influenza (commonly known as … Continue reading Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2022-2023 Season

Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2021-2022 Season

Prepared by Mawlana Dr. Mateen A. Khan, MD and Dr. Ramzan Judge, PharmD Summary Permissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2021-2022 season FluadTM Quadrivalent Fluzone High-DoseTM Quadrivalent AfluriaTM FluarixTM FluLavalTM FluzoneTM Quadrivalent Impermissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2021-2022 season FlublokTM FluMistTM FlucelvaxTM Discussion Background on Influenza Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a seasonal viral illness carrying significant health, economic, and social burden. For the past nine years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year 9.3-49 million symptomatic illnesses, 4.3-23 million medical visits, 140,000-960,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000-79,000 deaths are attributed to … Continue reading Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2021-2022 Season

Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: Viral Vector Page

Prepared by Mawlana Mateen A. Khan MD, Dr. Ramzan Judge PharmD, Dr. Samad Tirmizi PharmD, and Mufti Adil Farooki MD. Summary: Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines are ḥalāl and permissible for use although other vaccines without ethical issues (e.g., mRNA vaccines) are preferable when available. Summary page for all assessed COVID-19 vaccines Oxford-AstraZeneca Discussion: The University of Oxford partnered with AstraZeneca to develop a viral vector vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCov-19 or AZD1222. It consists of a chimpanzee adenovirus vector (ChAdOx1) which has been rendered incapable of replication. The adenovirus contains DNA which encodes for the full-length SARS-CoV-2 … Continue reading Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: Viral Vector Page

Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: mRNA Page

Prepared by Mawlana Mateen A. Khan MD, Dr. Ramzan Judge PharmD, Dr. Samad Tirmizi PharmD, and Mufti Adil Farooki MD. Summary: Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are ḥalāl and permissible to take. Summary page for all assessed COVID-19 vaccines Discussion: The first class of vaccine to come to market in the United States are mRNA vaccines developed by BioNTech/ Pfizer and Moderna. mRNA vaccines are novel vaccines encapsulating genetic material in lipid nanoparticles. It is thought these particles fuse with the cell membrane of a eukaryote to deliver the mRNA into its cytoplasm. Here, it is translated into the active … Continue reading Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: mRNA Page

Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: Summary Page

Prepared by Mawlana Mateen A. Khan MD, Dr. Ramzan Judge PharmD, Dr. Samad Tirmizi PharmD, and Mufti Adil Farooki MD. Summary: Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are ḥalāl and permissible to take. Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines are ḥalāl and permissible for use although other vaccines without ethical issues (e.g., mRNA vaccines) are preferable when available. (See links below for more detailed explanations. Other vaccines have not been evaluated yet due to lack of information and/or vaccine unavailability in the US.) Introduction: In December 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to an outbreak which would eventually … Continue reading Islamically Permissible COVID-19 Vaccines: Summary Page

Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2020-2021 Season

Prepared by Mawlana Dr. Mateen A. Khan, MD and Dr. Ramzan Judge, PharmD Summary Permissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2020-2021 season FluadTM Trivalent FluadTM Quadrivalent Fluzone High-DoseTM Quadrivalent AfluriaTM FluarixTM FluLavalTM FluzoneTM Quadrivalent Impermissible influenza vaccines in the US for 2020-2021 season FlublokTM FluMistTM FlucelvaxTM Discussion Background on Influenza Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a seasonal viral illness carrying significant health, economic, and social burden. For the past nine years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year 9.3-49 million symptomatic illnesses, 4.3-23 million medical visits, 140,000-960,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000-79,000 deaths are attributed to seasonal influenza. For the … Continue reading Islamically Permissible Influenza Vaccines Available in the US for 2020-2021 Season

Vaccination Against Typhoid/Enteric Fever

Prepared by Mufti Adil Farooki, MD, Shaykh Mateen Khan, MD and Dr. Ramzan Judge, PharmD Summary: The injectable vaccine Typhim Vi is permissible for Muslims as a vaccine for typhoid fever and is preferred over oral Vivotif. Background: Enteric fever, also known as “typhoid fever”, is a severe systemic illness characterized by fever and abdominal pain caused by the bacteria Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi. Typhoid fever infects roughly 21.6 million people (incidence of 3.6 per 1,000 population) and kills an estimated 200,000 people every year[1]. From the CDC[2]: “People who are actively ill with typhoid fever and people who are … Continue reading Vaccination Against Typhoid/Enteric Fever

An Islamic Basis for the Use of Vaccines with Impermissible Ingredients

Prepared by Mufti Adil Farooki, MD. Approved by Mufti Abdul Muqtadir Sikander Download PDF Background on Vaccination A vaccine is a “product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease”[1]. Vaccination is the process of administrating a vaccine, most commonly by an injection, with the immediate goal of achieving “active immunity” in the recipient of the vaccine.  Active immunity involves the “stimulation of the immune system to produce antigen-specific humoral (antibody) and cellular immunity”, and can last for many years, sometimes even a lifetime[2].   Vaccination benefits the immunized patient … Continue reading An Islamic Basis for the Use of Vaccines with Impermissible Ingredients