Guidance

Vaccines and porcine gelatine

Leaflet describing how and why porcine gelatine is used in vaccines for immunisation programmes.

Applies to England

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Vaccines and porcine gelatine flyer (print version)

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Details

The issue of some vaccines that contain ingredients derived from pigs (in this case gelatine – known as ‘porcine’ gelatine) has concerned some faith groups. This leaflet provides information about vaccines that contain porcine gelatine and any alternatives that are available.

This leaflet is available for download only and is also available in the following languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Panjabi, and Urdu

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Published 10 September 2015
Last updated 29 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added rebranded flyer.

  2. Revised this leaflet for this flu season and added new translations.

  3. Added revised English leaflet: change relates to porcine gelatine advice for religious groups.

  4. Added the new translated versions of the leaflet.

  5. Added updated leaflet.

  6. First published.