NRL Wife Taylor Winterstein Hosting $200 'Informative' Anti-Vax Workshops
Taylor Winterstein, wife of NRL player Frank Winterstein, has gone public with her controversial stance against vaccinations.
While the mum-of-two has long been against children getting the jab, she's now offering $200 workshops that claim to inform parents of the risks of vaccinating children.
Winterstein decided not to vaccinate her two boys Ziggy, 3 and Hendrix, 10-months based on her belief that vaccinations cause allergies. She also claims parents are 'bullied' and 'pressured' by GPs to vaccinate their children.
“If anything, I am an ex-vaxxer and I stand for informed consent, freedom of choice and vaccine injury awareness,” Winterstein told the Daily Telegraph.
“Vaccines are not safe and effective for everyone. A ‘one size fits all’ schedule does not fit all bio-individual children, and where there is risk there must always be choice,” she said.
Winterstein also explained why her workshops cost so much, saying she "intentionally priced ... workshops and limited seats for a reason".
She said her workshops provided information about the dangers of vaccines, awareness for vaccinate-related illnesses and also give attendees the time to harness friendships and connections with others concerned about vaccinations.
"If $200 is a stretch for you, I invite you to reflect on how you could be more resourceful with your money over the next few weeks," Winterstein wrote on Instagram.
"I put blood, sweat, time, energy and tears into this movement, into this cause, into this community. Because I CARE."
Winterstein's tour includes stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland in New Zealand and Apia in Samoa.
The decision not to vaccinate children has been widely condemned by medical professionals globally and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In January, WHO named 'Vaccine Hesitancy' as one of the 10 major threats to global health in 2019. It said the refusal to vaccinate children could reverse years of work to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases.
"Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved," the WHO website reads.
WHO also attributed the recent global measles outbreak to vaccine hesitancy. In fact, due to fear of vaccines, some countries close to eliminating measles altogether are now seeing resurgences.
Winterstein's workshops have been slammed online, with some claiming her work continues to spread false information about the dangers of vaccines.
Winterstein's first workshop was held in Sydney on March 3. Next, she'll head to Melbourne for her talk scheduled April 14.
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