Thursday, 6 December 2007

Vaccines and the Catholic Physician

Lately I have been approached by a few patients who are questioning my use of vaccines which are "made from cells from aborted babies." When I was first approached about this, I immediately sought the wisdom of Holy Mother Church as to what my responsibility as an orthodox Catholic physician was. I think the people disseminating information about the use of vaccines should research what "descendant cells" are before they start shouting that certain vaccines "come from aborted babies."

Information on what the Church teaches about the morally acceptable use of vaccines produced in descendant cells can be found here.

1 comment:

kat said...

My husband, Dr. Timothy Collins, wrote a long piece featured in Angelus magazine about this very topic of aborted embryos used in creating manufacturing platforms for vaccines. It is available on the children of god website. Here is a snippet of a very detailed article.

"Reading further in the MMR® II package insert, you find that the rubella attenuated viral strain is a strain called "RA 27/3," and it is grown in a cell culture called "WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts." If you look at the package insert for the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine your child received, you find that this product also used the "WI-38 human diploid cell culture" as well as another human diploid cell culture, "MRC-5," to grow the virus used in the vaccine. The moral issue is as follows: the WI-38 and MRC-5 human diploid cell lines used for viral culture in the rubella and varicella vaccines, as well as the RA 27/3 rubella viral strain which is the virus cultured for the rubella vaccine, are derived from babies aborted decades ago."

The only vaccines available presently for rubella and varicella are from these human technology platforms. As a Catholic physician I would think you would want to research more into this rather than dismiss people's concern that they are participating in an evil.