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The Mother Of A Baby Who Died From Whooping Cough Has A Devastating Message For Pauline Hanson

"I just wish she had less influence over vulnerable parents who may believe her misinformation."

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Catherine Hughes was so concerned after seeing Pauline Hanson comment on vaccination recently that she tweeted a photo of her late son Riley and tagged the far right political leader.

My son died a horrible death from #whoopingcough. Your uneducated comments about #vaccination are a disgrace to chi… https://t.co/anVnCh5qRL

"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 told BuzzFeed News. "The advice she is offering parents is not just thoughtless, it's dangerous."

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Hanson also said the government's "no jab, no pay" program, which required parents to have their children vaccinated in order to receive welfare payments, was "blackmailing" people.

"I think people have a right to investigate themselves," Hanson said.

"If having vaccinations and measles vaccinations is actually going to stop these diseases, fine, no problems."

The medical community described Hanson's comments, which were made on the ABC, as dangerous and ignorant.

Vaccination the most effective public health measure ever. @PaulineHansonOz dangerous and ignorant #insiders

Labor's health spokesperson called on the government to condemn her stance, particularly in light of the WA Liberal Party preferencing Hanson at this week's state election.

Appalled to hear Pauline Hanson's comments re vaccination on #insiders. They aren't just wrong - they are dangerous. Gvt needs to condemn

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and health minister Greg Hunt joined the chorus of people calling out the anti-vaxx comments.

The clear & categorical advice from medical experts including the CMO, based on decades of research & evidence, is vaccinations save lives.

As did Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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.

"They use Pauline's clout as a politician to add more weight to their anti-vaccination arguments, and it is really troubling," she said.

"At the end of the day, it seems like Pauline is another parent who has been hoodwinked by vaccine conspiracy theories. I just wish she had less influence over vulnerable parents who may believe her misinformation."

Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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