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.
"Firstly Tina, measles don't run and catch you or hurt you… for most children it is a good thing to get measles," she says.
"Many wise people believe measles make the body stronger and more mature for the future."
Tina then asks if she can go and catch measles from Melanie. "That sounds like a great idea," her mother responds, and suggests some carrot juice and melon might help Melanie recover.
AMA President Steve Hambleton said only the "crazies" thought that it would be better to get a disease than be vaccinated.