The Anti-Vaxxer’s Children’s Book

From Yahoo! News:

Stephanie Messenger’s “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to show children the supposed “benefits of having measles” and outlines natural healing methods, such as eating fruits and vegetables.

In the book, Melanie contracts measles despite being vaccinated; whereas, her unvaccinated friend Tina is not infected with the virus even though they happily hug each other and play together.

This scenario would be unlikely. The virus is so contagious that 90 percent of people who are not vaccinated will be infected if exposed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Jennifer Lighter Fisher, an infectious disease specialist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, says that in theory, the disease could be eradicated from the planet because humans are the only species affected by it.

“Measles really is a devastating illness, and it’s completely preventable. The vaccine is very efficacious,” she said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Clearly, Messenger is highly skeptical of the overwhelming scientific consensus on this issue.

“Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine,” Messenger writes in a book description, “when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body.”

Messenger, of Brisbane, Queensland, said she wanted to show children, ages 4 to 10, that vaccinations are ineffective and that measles can supposedly be fun.

The reviews on Amazon are always worth a read.