Hugh Jackman has been criticised by America’s Centers of Disease Control and Prevention after he appeared to advocate against flu shots at the Golden Globes.
The Australian star was named best actor in a comedy or musical for his role in Les Misérables on Sunday.
The actor joked flu shots were unnecessary during his acceptance speech.
“Sorry, I’m at the tail end of this flu and I was kicking myself for not getting the flu shot… but it appears actually you don’t need one. I feel great!” he laughed.
Executives at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention are concerned his fans will take the words to heart.
“I don’t know if he really meant that vaccination was not a good thing to do, but each year millions become ill with influenza; more than 200,000 may be hospitalised; and between 3,000 and 49,000 will die,” a representative for the organisation told TMZ on Monday.
“The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season,” the spokesperson added.
Hugh is meanwhile thrilled to have claimed the prestigious prize, ahead of fellow nominees Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Jack Black and Ewan McGregor.
He took to his Twitter page to post a photograph of him clutching the trophy as he happily posed with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness after the ceremony.
“My beautiful wife at the golden globes. A night to remember!” he tweeted.
Les Misérables enjoyed further Golden Globes success last night. The project was named best film in the musical or comedy category and Anne Hathaway claimed a best supporting actress award.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013
Monday, 14. January 2013