‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ causes widespread outrage

MelaniesMarvelousMeaslesBrisbane, Australia — An anti-vaccination book entitled ‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ has caused widespread outrage in the U.S. after it supposedly falsely claims that the highly contagious disease must be welcomed by children with open arms— and without vaccine.

Stephanie Messenger of Brisbane, Australia, the author of the much-controversial book, writes on the book’s description:

“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, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body.”

‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ published in 2012, tells a story about a young child named Melanie who contracted measles despite the fictitious fact of having been vaccinated, while her friend, Tina, did not— even though she was supposedly unvaccinated.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this scenario in Messenger’s book is highly unlikely. The CDC regards measles as highly contagious, and states that around 90% of unvaccinated people will be contracting the disease when exposed to a carrier of the measles-causing virus.

The recent measles outbreak in the country left about 105 infected with the disease, and 94 of these cases are related to the controversial Disneyland outbreak in California. Anti-vaccination movements had been gaining ground in the last few years to an erroneous research that claimed vaccines could be responsible for autism in children and vaccination rates have been declining.

Individuals who have had personal experience with the devastating effects of measles, however, find ‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ very disturbing.

Some of the reviews on Messenger’s book wrote:

“Psychotic and dangerous, this book encourages parents to lower the burden of overpopulation by having their child deliberately incur a horrifying and frequently fatal disease.”

“The countless millions who have been crippled, disfigured or killed by measles surely appreciate that this tempting suicide note for humanity is readily available via Amazon.com.”

“I am going to be certain to get a copy of this book for my aunt. Measles was so marvelous to her that she lost her hearing due to complications from it and has been deaf since childhood.”

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‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ appears to be a mockery of ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’, written by Roald Dahl in 1988 in an effort to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated against measles— the same disease that took the his daughter’s life when she was just a small child.

Roald Dahl,is best know for his children’s books that were later made into movies such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Resurfacing in the news is the letter that Dahl wrote in 1986 advocating passionately for vaccinations has gone viral on the internet.

Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta

Sources:
Yahoo News – Anti-Vaccine Book – Melanie’s Marvelous Measles Tells Children to embrace Disease
The Guardian – Melanie’s Marvelous Measles Anti-Vaccination Bad Amazon Reviews