Parents Encourage Whooping Cough Vaccination With Touching Tribute To Son – Huffington Post

“I have always kept these videos to myself, as it makes my blood run cold listening to my beautiful boy cough like that,” Riley’s mom, Catherine, wrote in the video description. “But we are sharing this in the hopes that it will convince just one more pregnant Mum to protect their baby from this disease. I wish I had known about pregnancy vaccination when I was pregnant with Riley.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists two whooping cough vaccines: one for people who are 11 years and older (Tdap) and one for children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years (DTaP). The CDC now encourages pregnant women to get the Tdap vaccine (for adolescents and adults) during the third trimester of every pregnancy, replacing the original suggestion that “pregnant women get the vaccine only if they had not previously received it.”

According to the online-only publication WAtoday, Riley’s death inspired the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations to release information on free whooping cough vaccines for pregnant women in Western Australia and offer new recommendations about vaccinations during pregnancy earlier than planned.

Riley’s parents continue to raise awareness for the vaccine by posting photos of him and sharing stories about his life.

“4 weeks with you wasn’t enough, but it was enough for me to have fallen completely in love with you,” she wrote in November in a photo caption.