Caring mother and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has a message for other parents: Make time to protect your kids against potentially deadly whopping cough with a vaccine. Appearing on "The Doctors" on October 14, Sarah Michelle Gellar has taken up the mission to eliminate whooping cough (pertussis).
Many people think that whooping cough is rare because of vaccinations. And in adults, it's not that serious, usually causing a cold and cough. However, because it's extremely contagious, this respiratory infection can be deadly for a baby.
Mother to a one-year-old and four-year-old, Sarah says that she received the whooping cough vaccine when she was pregnant. An ambassador for March of Dimes’ Sounds of Pertussis campaign, Sarah revealed that when a child gets whooping cough, it's either from a parent, a caretaker or a family member. And she has advice for parents.
“Take yourself out of the equation. I did it, and I had everybody in my circle do it, and it was the easiest conversation — probably one of the easiest ones I had as a new parent,” says Sarah.
"The Doctors" co-host and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears noted that babies typically do not receive vaccinations for whopping cough when they are born. And although they usually get the shots when they're two months old, it does not actually protect them until they are six months old and have had three complete doses.
Sarah also manages to squeeze in time to help her children get fit. She recently took her four-year-old daughter Charlotte to her weekly ballet class, reported the Daily Mail on October 12. And to ensure that she had time for them, Sarah reduced her work schedule after she had her second child initially.