Danny Darche said that despite awareness campaigns launched by health authorities in 2009 and 2010, nobody seemed to be aware of the threat of whooping cough.
A letter had been sent to doctors about cocoon vaccination, which involves giving booster jabs to mothers and family members, but this information never reached Danny or his wife.
They have set up a website as part of their efforts to launch a pertussis/whooping cough awareness campaign. “Today, we are raising awareness about pertussis because it is unacceptable for children to die from this disease in the 21st century.”
Mr Darche was speaking to Vaccines Today at a conference on immunisation policy hosted by Fondation Merieux.