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.
Whooping Cough is a debilitating disease that is life-threatening for infants. Vaccinations against whooping cough save countless children's lives every year.
"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.
The clear & categorical advice from medical experts including the CMO, based on decades of research & evidence, is vaccinations save lives.— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) March 5, 2017
Pauline Hanson's view on vaccinations is dangerous and puts all of our children at risk. As a mother I am appalled she could be so reckless.— Sarah Hanson-Young (@sarahinthesen8) March 6, 2017
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.