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Measles Outbreak, Vaccinations And Halacha

Question: Is it considered a halachic obligation for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated as part of their national requirements? It is important to note that failure to vaccinate a child may not only create risks for the child but, by enabling him to be the carrier and transmitter of an infectious disease may put other children at risk, including children who themselves have been vaccinated ...

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Taking Medication During Fasts

Question: An elderly patient is on a number of medication for his irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation) in order to regulate his heart beat and thin his blood so to prevent him from going back into an irregular rhythm which can in turn increase his risk of stroke and potentially death. Since his diagnosis he has continued to take this medication every morning at 8 as instructed by his doctor. All of th ...

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