Australian politician Pauline Hanson got in hot water after publicly questioning the effectiveness of vaccinations, shocking many medical experts all over the country.
It's sary to think that there are still a significant number of people who are anti-vaccination, as there is no clear cut evidence that suggests vaccinations cause autism or contribute to any long-term health issues. In fact, it's the opposite.
Now, it's one thing if your aunt is posting anti-vaxxing propaganda on her Facebook page and another entirely if a key politician is spouting that nonsense to the public. Understandably, people were quick to put her in her place.
The most heartbreaking example, however, comes from Catherine Hughes who tweeted this photo of her son who died from whooping cough.
Whooping Cough is a debilitating disease that is life-threatening for infants. Vaccinations against whooping cough save countless children's lives every year.
Hughes' son was only 32 days old when he succumbed to the illness. Ever since his death, she's been an supporter of vaccinations.
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"The advice she is offering to parents is not just thoughtless, it's dangerous."
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"I don’t know who is providing [Hanson with] advice about immunisation, but she needs to consider having a chat with some real experts," Hughes said in an interview with BuzzFeed.
Australia's medical community are also letting Hanson know what they think about her ill-informed comments.
Australia's Labor Health Spokesperson also took on Hanson's anti-vaxxing comments.
In fact, a bunch of politicians joined the discussion.
Hughes went on to say that the greatest danger that comes from Hanson's uneducated comments regarding vaccination is that it helps to legitimize the arguments of anti-vaxxers, when in fact, the overwhelming majority of the world's leading medical experts agree that vaccinations save lives.