Mayim Bialik Denies Being an 'Anti-vaxxer'

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Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 31, 2015Credit: AP

Actress Mayim Bialik took to Facebook on Tuesday to dispel what she called "rumors about my stance on vaccines."

"[I] am not anti-vaccine," Bialik wrote in her post. "[M]y children are vaccinated. [T]here has been so much hysteria and anger about this issue and i hope this clears things up as far as my part."

Bialik's post follows recent articles accusing her of being a bad role model for parents and a vocal "anti-vaxxer" activist. The Forward ran an article this week about the star of "Blossom" and "The Big Bang Theory," calling her indifferent view on vaccines particularly dangerous because she has a Ph.D. in neuroscience – which purportedly makes her an authority on the subject.

Then, on Tuesday, a New Jersey rabbi also took the actress to task for not vaccinating her sons.

"Take the most publicly Jewish actress in Hollywood, Mayim Bialik, the title character of the NBC sitcom 'Blossom,'" wrote Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin. "She observes Shabbat, keeps kosher and is devoted to Israel. She is also a neuroscientist, with a Ph.D. from UCLA.

"But even this prominent actress and woman of science has refused to vaccinate her two sons. (Irony: She donated money to the Israel Defense Forces for armored vests. What about medical armor for her own kids?)"

In a 2009 interview, Bialik described her family as "a non-vaccinating family."

"I make no claims about people’s individual decisions," she said at the time. "We based ours on research and discussions with our pediatrician, and we’ve been happy with that decision, but obviously there’s a lot of controversy about it."

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