A grieving dad who lost his baby son to deadly meningococcal meningitis has blasted boxer Anthony Mundine over his anti-vaccination comments.

The man, known only as Greg, called Ben Fordham’s 2GB show after it reported on the boxers social media posts, shares 9 news.

Mundine wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “Don’t vaccine your kids period! The government bully you into vaccine (SIC) Do your research on the s*** & watched the documentary vaxxed.”

Greg told Fordham Mundine should “stick to what he knows”, saying: “I don’t know as much about vaccinations as Anthony Mundine, but I lost my one-year-old son to meningococcal meningitis.

“My wife’s a nurse and my view is that any sensible adult, if they’re interested in the welfare of their children, ought to get their children vaccinated.

“It changes your life and I just think that people fear many things in life, and I think the fear of a pinprick is nothing compared with the fear of losing a child.”

Professor Robert Booy said it was “a concern” that sportspeople and their partners were sharing their anti-vaxxer views.

NRL WAGS Taylor Winterstein and Shannelle Cartwright have also recently posted on social media saying they wouldn’t be vaccination their children.

“I’d love to sit down with him for a couple of hours and go through all his questions and concerns, and really show that infections diseases are nasty to people, and you’ve got much more benefit and safety from being vaccinated, than not,” he told Fordham.

However he said he believed parents were listening to their GP and nurses.

Ben Fordham added, “But when you use your profile to spread these messages, you’re really rolling the dice with other people’s lives, because you do have these professionals who have been to university for a long time and are convinced that vaccines and vaccinations save lives.”

Today Anthony has responded 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 & other people have the right to there’s !”

Pete Evans also recently caused upset after he pushed a new anti-vax podcast, urging his followers to ask questions about vaccination and medicine. Read more on that here.

What can WE do?

Catherine Hughes from Light for Riley shared a very powerful response saying on Facebook,

“The power and passion behind our response to anti-vaccine activism is far more powerful than the initial anti-vaccine activism itself.

Tweeting and commenting our outrage is one thing, but if we can transform these feelings into some kind of meaningful action – then we are REALLY turning anti-vaccine activism into something brilliant.

– Annoyed at a Anthony Mundine’s latest tweet? Go book in for a flu shot.
– Irritated by a social media influencer trying to influence people not to vaccinate? Make time for a meaningful chat with your friend who is worried about vaccination.
– Frustrated by a Paleo Pete promoting his anti-vaccine views? Make a donation to UNICEF or a similar charity to purchase vaccines for children in need.

Overall, it’s really important that we are patient and kind to those who have genuine questions and worries about vaccines.

“But it’s equally important that we stand up to those who are using or abusing their large platforms to spread dangerous lies about vaccination. And better yet, when we transform our frustrations into meaningful action – we have a chance to turn anti-vaccine activism into something really positive”, shared Catherine.

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  • Anthony Mundine is certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed. Silly man.

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  • Of course this is painful for this dad and I understand where he’s coming from. But there should be place for different opinions in regards to vaccination and slamming and judging each other is not ok. Far more research and expertise is needed and far more transparency about the pros and cons of vaccination.

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  • I do not get my advice from celebrities but from qualified professionals in a specialist area.

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  • I am pro-vaxxer but in spite of that… I’d never take any notice of what Anthony Mundine says to be quite honest.

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  • I’ve seen first hand the benefits of immunisation and am glad of my decision to protect my family. It saved my baby’s life. I don’t understand the anti-vax thing.

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  • Facebook should start mediating these comments because they are dangerous and pose a threat to society.

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  • Stop trying to push something you’re not qualified to. If people aren’t sure about the risks then go and ask a doctor to explain the pros and cons before making that final decision.


    • Doctors do not tell you the cons at all because they do not know them, why we need more transparency.



      • They would definitely know more than Anthony Mundine on the topic and watching a video is not research.

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  • Mundine, you’re an idiot

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  • Sad there are so many misinformed people. It has been proved time and time again that vaccinations do not cause autism but they do stop deadly diseases. Whooping Cough is on the increase each winter. The anti vaxers might change their minds if their babies came down with it.

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  • This guy can’t even write properly. Yet he has a lot of followers that will be influenced by what he says. I hope not too many listen to him on this. The rise in measles cases just recently should be cause for concern amongst the anti vaxxers. We had eradicated this deadly disease, now thanks to the anti vax movement, it’s on the rise.


    • Measles are not a dangerous disease, it use to be a mild common childhood disease which we all ended up having natural immunity to, now we don’t because of the synthetic version of immunization.

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  • There is so much about the anti-vax movement


    • It is not an anti-vax movement it is parents questioning the validity, effectiveness and safety of the vaccines, there needs to be changes in the ingredients used.

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  • I prefer to follow my doctor’s advice over some random person who might not really know much about these things!


    • Doctors are not immunologists they have no real independent knowledge just what they are told to say otherwise they get banned and lose their licence to be a doctor is they question vaccines or even report adverse effects.

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  • he could put his thoughts forward in a more elegant way …not someone I would put up there as a good example

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  • He dose suggest viewing the documentary Vaxxed, which I have heard about but not seen, there is a lot of questioning going on and this is merely someone else who has doubts, we need more transparency and more proof that vaccines actually work because we are led to believe they do but do they?

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  • Oh goodness i just hope people dont listen to this rubbish. People need to wake up and learn

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