Anthony Mundine Doubles Down On His Anti-Vaxx Beliefs After Public Backlash

Despite facing a massive backlash over his anti-vaccination beliefs, Anthony Mundine is holding strong.

He posted on Twitter that the sheeple need to wake up and read more into vaccines, prompting a flurry of messages telling the former boxer he had no idea what he was talking about.

Mundine has returned to the social media site to explain what he was really saying: "A lot of talk bout this vaccine stuff! All I'm saying is research & check what they giving you or ya baby!

"When they start mixing it like a cocktail that's where it's going wrong! That's my opinion and other people have the right to there's!

"I probably was too fired up when I posted that first post. All parents ultimately want what is best for their kids! Like I said in my last post, do your own research! Where there is risk, there must always be choice! I AM FOR informed consent and freedom of choice when it comes to all medical procedures."

Mundine's views fly in the face of decades of research, review, studies and tests. There have been too many studies to count that say vaccines are safe and don't cause autism, like some anti-vaxxers will have you believe.

The former boxer is clearly frustrated with policies in Australia like the 'no jab, no play' rule, which bars kids from attending childcare or enrolling for kindergarten if they're not vaccinated.

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Credit: PA

Unsurprisingly, the former boxer's latest comments have drawn more criticism.

"I'll be ignoring all of medical science and take advice from a bloke who gets his head hit for a living," wrote one person.

Another added: "I want what is best for my kids which is why I consider peer reviewed and published science better information than the junk you find on YouTube. Wake up Anthony!"

Anthony Mundine might be interested in figures showing more Aussies have been diagnosed with measles this year than for the whole of 2017.

There have been 83 recorded cases across the country as of April 5, compared with 81 two years ago. Last year, there were more diagnoses, 103 throughout the year, but it seems with the current track record, 2019 will surpass 2018.

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Credit: PA

Health Minister Greg Hunt said: "I am concerned about the recent increases in measles cases in Australia and want to make sure our community is well protected against this very serious disease.

"Immunisation saves lives. The measles vaccine is very effective at protecting lives."

The issue couldn't be more evident than in two cases where the patients were too young to get vaccinated. That's why vaccinations are so important because it helps protect the more vulnerable.

Babies will typically get the MMR vaccine between 12 to 15 months old. But these two Sydney newborns were just eight and 11-months-old.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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