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MELANIE’S MARVELOUS MEASLES: THE DETRIMENTAL POWER OF ANTI-VACCINATION RHETORIC

February 16, 2015
A children’s book claiming that measles is good for you and a measles outbreak in Disneyland both highlight the need for clear and accessible information about vaccines
 

You only need to look at the title of the book to know that something’s wrong. “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” is an anti-vaccination book aimed at children, written by Australian activist Stephanie Messenger. Although it’s been around for a few years, it’s garnered attention recently following the Disneyland measles outbreak in December - the book has had nearly 1000 1-star reviews onAmazon.com. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles was written to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messaged from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialised countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body.