ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — An Australian author is being slammed for penning a children’s book about how vaccines are ineffective.

“Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” author Stephanie Messenger says she wrote the book because she claims that one of her children died after being vaccinated.

“If my son’s purpose on this earth was to teach me to be a better, more responsible parent, he succeeded,” Messenger wrote on her website. “Had he not lived and died, I would possibly still be the complacent parent I was when I took him to be immunized.”

The editorial review states that the book “was written to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.”

Reviewers on Amazon have been highly critical of Messenger, saying what she is writing is dangerous and wrong.

“This book is based on the dangerous, ill-informed and just plain wrong idea that getting measles is somehow more beneficial than getting the measles vaccine,” Shelley Stockton wrote. “If you hate children so much that you want them to suffer from potentially fatal disease, by all means enjoy this book.”

K.E. Pebley wrote: “I stopped at the bookstore and opened this book and couldn’t believe what I was reading. Measles are marvelous? Whooping cough must be exciting then!”

Despite the criticism, Messenger did receive a couple of favorable reviews.

“We need more books like this! Drugs are bad. We teach our children this all the time,” one person wrote. “Then pump them with drugs every couple months of their life and anytime they get a ‘fever.’ We need more children’s book explaining to children the truth, not what (pharmacy) companies want you to hear.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that there are 20 million cases of measles worldwide each year resulting in 164,000 deaths.

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