Tsitsipas defends refusal to get Measles vaccination

(WXYZ) – Australian Grand Slam champion Bernard Tomic spoke out about the recent outbreak of Measles in Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a potential outbreak elsewhere in the world….

Tsitsipas defends refusal to get Measles vaccination

(WXYZ) – Australian Grand Slam champion Bernard Tomic spoke out about the recent outbreak of Measles in Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a potential outbreak elsewhere in the world.

Earlier this year it was reported that Rafael Nadal’s father/coach, Toni, was allegedly contacted by officials from the Tennis Association of Australia (TA) following Measles outbreaks in Germany and Switzerland.

According to the Telegraph, at least one parent of a 4-year-old child has fallen ill.

TA CEO Craig Tiley said last month it is possible the two incidents could lead to a larger outbreak, just one day after WADA chief David Howman warned the world of a possible global flu epidemic.

Why are people talking about Measles?

Dr. Robert Tam, a Sydney-based infectious disease expert, says the World Health Organization has estimated that a global Measles outbreak could have up to 100 million infections.

After the WHO issued the warning, many athletes have been advised to receive a preventative vaccination.

One of the athletes who has refused to do so is Australian 20-year-old up-and-coming tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World tennis sensation Alexander Zverev was advised to get the shot in February by his father, who is a long-time tennis official.

But Zverev’s dad told him that getting the shot would be doing “the world a favor.”

Tsitsipas, who is ranked 76th in the world, explained that unless it became mandatory, he would refuse to get the vaccine, stating that he did not want the shot to be a risk to his health.

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