Clueless star Alicia Silverstone hosted a meeting for her anti-vaccination ‘Kind Life’ supporters in Sydney. It was a flop.
It has been reported that only eight people attended the meeting with the actor on Sunday at waterfront Steyne Park in Double Bay, in Sydney.
Daily Mail reports an email invitation had been sent to Australians who follow her The Kind Life blog – where she writes that ‘vaccines given to pregnant women could be correlated with autism’, that meat and dairy are toxic to pregnant women, and that sunscreen and toothpaste contain harmful ingredients.
She is holidaying in Australia with her musician husband Chris Jarecki and their five-year-old son Bear Blu.
Alicia also asked if anyone could recommend a babysitter while she was down under.
“If you are a local Sydney kind lifer and happen to babysit or have children and know a great babysitter, leave a comment below as that would come in handy for a couple of occasions!”
Her argument has been refuted
Government departments and bodies have repeatedly refuted claims vaccinations are unsafe or correlate with autism.
‘These theories have been extensively investigated and dismissed,’ Better Health Victoria describes.
‘Serious immunisation reactions are exceptionally rare … It is important for parents to understand that the risk of complications from childhood diseases such as measles is much higher than the risk of reactions after immunisation.’
Catherine Hughes, who launched the pro-vax #babybumpjab campaign after losing her one-month-old son Riley to whooping cough last year, said the risk of not vaccinating was too high, reports Daily Telegraph.
“I really urge women, in particular pregnant women, to chat to their health care provider, and really not pay too much attention to what a celebrity says because they have no credentials in that area,” she said.
“We launched the campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of vaccination in pregnancy, for a long time we thought vaccination began in childhood as a baby, but it actually begins in pregnancy.”
No jab, no pay success
ABC news reports, The Federal Government is heralding its “no jab, no pay” policy as having led to an extra 5,700 children being vaccinated since its implementation at the start of the year.
Since the policy was introduced in January, the immunisation rate for one and five-year-olds has now reached 93 per cent, up from around 90 per cent when the plan passed Federal Parliament.
5,738 children whose parents had previously been listed as vaccination objectors had now been immunised, and more than 148,000 children who previously had not been up to date with their vaccinations had also been immunised again.
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