The Gerrer Rebbe Shlita has called on heads of households in his family to “get vaccinated”, referring to the vaccination available to the public to protect oneself against the H1N1 virus, known more commonly as swine flu. According to reports, the Rebbe has ordered his sons, grandsons and all members of his family to take the vaccination.
The Gur Chassidus has been carefully monitoring events regarding the flu, and shortly after the Health Ministry issued its warning accompanied with a fact sheet, Gur institutions ceased using community towels and replaced them with disposable paper towels in compliance with the ministry’s recommendations, seeking to reduce the likelihood of passing the virus from one another.
It appears a member of the Rebbe’s family, the Alter family, did not feel well and doctors feared he may have contracted swine flu, recommending the other family members get vaccinated. When the Rebbe Shlita heard of this, he instructed his entire family to get vaccinated without hesitation. For many chassidim this was enough for them to understand the Rebbe’s wishes and they are now going to get vaccinated against H1N1.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)