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A BOOK promoting the "marvellous" health benefits of potentially fatal measles should be taken off the shelves, doctors say.
Melanie's Marvelous Measles is an anti-vaccination book aimed at children. It claims – despite evidence that measles can kill and cause brain damage – that it's a "good thing" to have.
The Australian Medical Association said the suggestion was wrong and misleading and that publishers "should be ashamed of themselves".
On the cover of the book ‘Melanie' is happily playing in the garden and showing off a rash on her belly. In the story, she is home with measles and her friend Tina is worried – but her mother reassures her.
AMA President Steve Hambleton said only the "crazies" thought that it would be better to get a disease than be vaccinated.
"They should be ashamed of themselves," he said.
"Last time I saw a kid with measles with the rash they were carried into the surgery and the child looked like a rag doll. The mother was terrified.
"It's still fatal. About one in 10,000 children will die because of encephalitis. Carrot juice won't save you."
Dr Hambleton said no child with measles would be able to play in the garden.