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NRL star's wife runs a $200-a-head anti-vaxxer workshop and refuses to immunise their children as she claims parents are 'bullied' by doctors into vaccinating their kids

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The wife of an NRL star who proudly does not immunise her children is charging $200 per ticket for an anti-vaccination 'informed' workshop.

Manly Sea Eagles player Frank Winterstein and his wellness-blogger wife Taylor have not vaccinated their two children Ziggy and Hendrix.

Mrs Winterstein claims parents are 'bullied' and 'pressured' by doctors to immunise their children.

Her beliefs have been described as 'irresponsible' by health professionals and experts. 

a person with collar shirt: Mrs Winterstein's 'Making Informed Choices' workshop will be touring across Australia, New Zealand and Samoa from March until July. Tickets cost $200 each © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Winterstein's 'Making Informed Choices' workshop will be touring across Australia, New Zealand and Samoa from March until July. Tickets cost $200 each

'If anything I am an ex-vaxxer and I stand for informed consent, freedom of choice and vaccine injury awareness,' she 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.'  

Mrs Winterstein's 'Making Informed Choices' workshop will be touring across Australia, New Zealand and Samoa from March until July with tickets on sale for $200 each.

'The benefits of vaccines are constantly over-exaggerated and the risk of an adverse reaction severely downplayed by politicians, journalists and GPs,' an invitation to the workshop reads.  

a couple of people posing for the camera: Manly Sea Eagles player Frank Winterstein (right) and his wellness-blogger wife Taylor (left) have not vaccinated their two children Ziggy and Hendrix © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Manly Sea Eagles player Frank Winterstein (right) and his wellness-blogger wife Taylor (left) have not vaccinated their two children Ziggy and Hendrix She claimed extensive testing of vaccinations in Australia had not been carried out. 

Mrs Winterstein said many other wives and girlfriends of NRL players had similar views to her.    

'The amount of NRL players and their partners who consciously choose not to vaccinate would seriously surprise you,' she posted to Instagram.

'I know for a fact there are many high-profile, ''influencers'' on social media among the sport and wellness industry, who do not vaccinate their children but won't publicly share their beliefs.' 

Gold Coast Titans star Bryce Cartwright's wife Shanelle has publicly said she does not believe in vaccinating her children or having them wear nappies.

a person posing for the camera: Shanelle Cartwright (left), the wife of football star Bryce Cartwright (right), also does not believe in vaccinating her children © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Shanelle Cartwright (left), the wife of football star Bryce Cartwright (right), also does not believe in vaccinating her children a group of people posing for a photo: The Cartwrights and Wintersteins were pictured spending time together over the Christmas holidays at Currumbin, Queensland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Cartwrights and Wintersteins were pictured spending time together over the Christmas holidays at Currumbin, Queensland

The mother-of-two said they have not immunised their children and 'don't trust hospitals'.

The Cartwrights and Wintersteins were pictured spending time together over the Christmas holidays at Currumbin, Queensland. 

Mrs Winterstein was the Australian face for the second Australian tour of the conspiracy movie 'Vaxxed' in 2017.

British anti-vaccination campaigner Polly Tommey, one of the film's producers, was banned from returning to Australia after the film's first tour of the country.

At the time, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said people who told parents that their children should not be vaccinated were 'dangerous people'. 

Australian Medical Association NSW president Dr Kean-Seng Lim dismissed Mrs Winterstein's claims about vaccinations.

a group of people on a beach posing for the camera: Mother-of-two Shanelle Cartwright (left) said her and her husband Bryce Cartwright (right) have not immunised their children and 'don't trust hospitals' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mother-of-two Shanelle Cartwright (left) said her and her husband Bryce Cartwright (right) have not immunised their children and 'don't trust hospitals'

Dr Lim said there was 'conclusive evidence' that vaccines were effective in preventing illness in children.

He also criticised her decision to tour Samoa, claiming spreading her message in 'third world' countries was 'absolutely irresponsible'. 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard slammed Ms Cartwright's views, calling them 'dopey'.

'Thank heavens we didn't have loopy advice years ago when we stamped out polio,' he said. 

The dangers of not being vaccinated

Immunisation is an effective way of protecting people from harmful, contagious diseases.

Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and 70s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough killed thousands of children.

Immunisation also protects the whole community, preventing the spread of the disease - known as 'herd immunity'. 

Vaccination can cause a disease to die out altogether - as was the case when smallpox was eradicated in 1980 after a vaccination campaign led by the World Health Organisation. 

Vaccination rates are at over 93 per cent for five-year-olds in Australia. 

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