Can Pregnant Women take the Whooping Cough Vaccine?

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Fatwa ID: 03849

Answered by: Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani



Is it ok for pregnant women to take the whooping cough vaccine and any other vaccine during and after pregnancy?

Also, in general, should we abstain from these vaccines or not as sometimes we read and hear they are very harmful and have many side effects?



بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



Generally speaking, it is permissible to take vaccines, or any other medication, on the condition that they do not contain any unlawful ingredients. However, if they do contain unlawful ingredients, then it would be permissible to take such vaccines subject to the following conditions:

  1. He knows that there is a cure in the vaccine.
  2. There are no alternative which contains halal (permissible) ingredients.
  3. A pious Muslim doctor informs him that there is a cure in the vaccine.[1]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Raddul Muhtar: v. 1, p. 365-366 (Maktaba Imdadia); Majmaul Anhur: v. 4, p. 224-225 (DKI)



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