Catherine Hughes and her family have been fighting for vaccine awareness since their baby boy, Riley, passed away in March 2015 from whooping cough at just 32 days old.

“I’d rather my kids have ‘natural immunity’ than vaccinate them!”

“This proud declaration is something I’ve seen many times now, from those who believe immunity is best achieved by allowing their children to be ‘naturally’ infected with a disease (such as whooping cough or measles),” shared Catherine in a recent Facebook post.

“I wonder if they understand just how unnatural these diseases can be?”

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❌There’s nothing natural about your baby getting so sick they need strong antibiotics.

❌There’s nothing natural about your baby getting so sick they need to be intubated.

❌There’s nothing natural about your baby getting so sick they need blood transfusions.

❌There’s nothing natural about your baby being so sick they are placed on life support.

“This photo is of my son before he died from whooping cough. He was too young to be vaccinated and caught this ‘natural’ disease. Let me tell you, there is nothing natural about planning a funeral for your own child.

“NATURAL has become a bit of a marketing buzzword, and we are conditioned to think it is something to strive for. We are told to aim for natural childbirth, use natural organic skincare products, eat food with only natural additives. But just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it is inherently good. Bee stings, cyclones, poison ivy, rabies – they’re all natural, but far from good.

“Don’t be tricked into believing “natural immunity” is a desirable thing. There is NOTHING nice nor natural about succumbing to a preventable disease.

Please vaccinate!”

Catherine’s honest post has received over 1800 shares and 3400 reactions.

Are we taking the whole “natural parenting” thing way too far?

Originally appeared on Light for Riley Facebook page.

Catherine also recently shared 10 things parents who don’t vaccinate need to know – Read that article here

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  • We vaccinate our children right from the word go.


  • Parents who do not vaccinate are just plain arrogant. Arrogant to think they (and their children) can beat any disease, and arrogant to put other people’s health at risk. R.I.P Riley.


  • Poor Riley, may you rest in peace in the heavenly realms. There is indeed nothing natural in planning a funeral for your little one ! Bless this family !!


  • RIP little Riley – you were taken far too soon ‘naturally’. Agree with your mum’s post wholeheartedly.


  • I love this family. So strong and brave to follow what they believe in yo help educate others. They’re arguments are so intelligent and heart felt. I hope the anti vaxxers take note


  • so sad, poor little Riley, vaccinate your children!!


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