Russell best known for her role on the drama series Felicity is the new spokesperson for Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs) and its national campaign Silence the Sounds of Pertussis, which warns parents of the dangers of pertussis, commonly known as the whooping cough.
The highly contagious disease is on the rise, and Russells campaign urges parents to be vaccinated against pertussis to prevent transmission of the disease to their babies.
And Russell is definitely practicing what shes preaching.
To protect her own five-month-old baby boy, River, both Russell and her husband have been vaccinated for pertussis, and the new mom says the procedure was very quick and pretty painless.
River has also begun the vaccination process, and Russell says her little guy is taking the shots like a champ.
And Russells involvement with the campaign is helping her explore the medical territory that comes with being a mommy.
Russell explains, As a new parent you are inundated with medical information youve never heard before. Im finally starting to understand some of it thanks to PKIDs and my pediatrician friends. Luckily, River is a pretty healthy baby. I think breastfeeding him has helped.
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