A note from Bump Club and Beyond Founder, Lindsay Pinchuk
I was incredibly saddened this week when I heard the news that an old friend of mine from middle and high school lost her 12-week old daughter to Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough. In memory of their daughter, Francesca McNally, Sean and Veronica McNally have started the Franny Strong Foundation, and have made it their mission to educate the public, especially parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and grandparents-to-be on the importance of the D-TAP vaccine and the booster for adults.
According to the article from Detroit’s NBC4 affiliate, The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should get five doses of the D-Tap vaccine starting at two months old. The CDC says teenagers should start getting the booster vaccine at age 11 or 12. It is recommended that pregnant women who have not been vaccinated should get one dose and adults should get the vaccine at least two weeks before coming into close contact with a baby – if they haven’t had it in the last 1- years.
Francesca caught this very contagious bacterial infection from someone who carried it into the McNally’s house. As you will see from this courageous interview, Veronica noted that it may have been her. She wasn’t offer the D-TAP booster at the hospital and didn’t know that she needed it. The point of their foundation and outreach is to generate awareness that a baby’s parents and those in close contact with a baby can prevent something like this from happening by vaccinating themselves.
I share this with our community as this tragedy has changed the life of someone I have known for a very long time. It is not to start a debate about vaccines or what you should do for your family and your child. I share this purely as a way to spread awareness and share the knowledge that was taken from this tragedy. As it is the McNally’s mission to educate and raise awareness about Pertussis and how it can be prevented, I wanted to spread their courageous message as it is one that is incredibly important and certainly hits close to home for all of us. If their message can prevent this situation from happening to another family, I know that it will continue to bring them peace during this sad time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to V and her family. We are thinking of you.