The Centers for Disease Control recently warned of a possible measles outbreak in the U.S., largely due to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.
However, a children's book entitled "Melanie’s Marvelous Measles" reportedly advocates contracting the disease and makes several dubious claims.
According to AddictingInfo.org, the book claims that "measles is easily avoided by drinking melon juice" and "vaccines weaken the human immune system."
The book, which is aimed at children ages 4 to 10, reportedly shows lead character Melanie getting vaccinated for measles, but contracting the disease. She shows off her measles, smiles and runs around.
Unvaccinated classmate Tina is immune to measles because she drinks melon and carrot juice, but is sad because she wants to contract the disease. Another classmate, Jared, has been vaccinated, but contracts measles after eating junk food.
According to her website, the book's author, Stephanie Messenger, is an anti-vaccine activist.
However, PBS has reported that infants (who are too young to be vaccinated) as well as adults and children with compromised immune systems (due to cancer and other conditions) are at risk of catching measles from unvaccinated people. While measles is not life-threatening for most people, it can be serious for some.