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Hugh Jackman's Golden Globes 2013 speech slammed over flu comment

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Hugh Jackman's Golden Globes acceptance speech has been targeted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for a joke concerning the flu shot.

The Australian actor won a 'Best Actor' award for his role in Les Misérables at the ceremony, which also honoured the film in the 'Best Musical/Comedy' category.

Hugh Jackman with the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy in the press room at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on January 13, 2013.
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Jackman said at the start of his 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!"

A spokesperson for the CDC has told TMZ: "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."

The rep added: "The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season."

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserable movie


Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she was also sick with the flu during the ceremony.

Watch Jackman's Golden Globes acceptance speech below:



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