"On June 26, the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended adding the Pentacel vaccine to the immunization schedule for children. Pentacel is a combination vaccine of Diptheria, Petrussis, Tetanus (DTap), HiB and Polio. It is the first DTaP-based combination vaccine that also includes polio and HiB vaccine components.
While similar five-in-one vaccines like Pediarix and Pediacel are also available, controversy has arisen over the use of the Pentacel vaccine, because the polio portion of this vaccine is grown on the MRC-5 cell line - derived from human fetuses. England's J.P Jacobs for the Medical Resource Council created this cell line in 1966. It was derived from the fifth subject of the study: the normal lung tissue of a 14-week-old male fetus who was electively aborted by a 27-year-old woman."
Children of God for Life is a website with information about which vaccines are derived from the remains of aborted babies. Catholics have a legal religious exemption from vaccines since abortion is against Catholic teaching.This is the position which I take, and I have never been challenged on it.
That is not to say that it is against Catholic teaching for Catholics to use these vaccines, since the child is already dead, but if you still want your child to receive this vaccine, you can request ethical alternatives.
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