Some parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated, and this has led to a rise in infectious diseases such as tuberculosis,Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said.
He said such action by the 'anti-vaccine group' was at a worrying level, especially so when several diseases, such as tuberculosis or TB, had been on the rise as there was no vaccination since birth.
"Some of them refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated, citing religious reasons and so on. However, we have to bear in mind that taking care of lives is 'wajib' (compulsory)," he said.
According to Ayub, the National Fatwa Council has decided that taking vaccines is 'harus' (permissible) in Islam as a method to prevent diseases.