SCOTLAND’S largest immunisation programme has been delayed after Muslim parents raised concerns that the vaccination contained pork gelatine. Around 100,000 primary schools children from across Scotland are being offered the nasal spray Fluenz.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the roll-out had been postponed for a few days after parents at Glendale Primary in Pollokshields on the south side of Glasgow became aware of the issue. Parents will now be able to request that their child receives the vaccination by the ‘old fashioned’ injection method rather than through the nasal spray. A spokesperson for the makers of Fluenz said; “Muslims and Jews need not fret. The miniscule amount of pork gelatine in our product will not affect taste buds. No one will suddenly get a taste for pork chops & apple sauce!”