When Soleil Moon Frye discovered that three out of her four kids contracted COVID-19, she was upset that she couldn't do anything more to help them feel better.
At the time, the actress took to Instagram to alert her fans that the pandemic is far from over. "I thought my son had a cold or a fever, I did not know that he had Covid 19. With the encouragement of our doctor I had him tested. He tested positive. I was on my way to a work trip, rushed home and two of my other children tested positive as well," she wrote on August 1.
"They are doing great now. They are flourishing, and they are feeling great," the 45-year-old exclusively tells OK! while talking about GSK's Ask2BSure Campaign, which aims to encourage parents to start the conversation with their child’s doctor to “Ask2BSure” if they have received meningitis B vaccination. "I am so grateful, and I think it brought up a lot of emotions because you just want to protect your little ones. Actually, my youngest was the one it hit the hardest, and now being a mom who is trying to just do what I can and do my best after I was in a marriage for so many years, and now here I am with these four kids. I try to do my best and take care of them, and when three go down with COVID, all of the emotions come out."
Despite the children being under the weather, Frye admits there was a positive outcome. "If I am being totally honest, it was a really emotional experience, and I am just so grateful that they are OK. It really brought us so much closer together," she shares. "It was incredible to see the way in which we all supported each other, and [it] made us stronger. I love what my mom said to someone — she said that they gained an angel feather, and so you really see the people around you that rally and check in on you and just the love that is there, which was really special."
The brunette beauty certainly has a lot going on — she just appeared in Peacock's revival of Punky Brewster and is doing work with non-profit organization CORE — and she's the first one to confess that she doesn't always have it together, but for now she's just soaking up all the time with her kiddos.
"I am definitely still a work in progress, and I have my moments where I have total parenting fails and fall down and just like, 'What am I doing?' Or I say something and I am like, 'Ah, I want to take it back.' But then I have other moments like yesterday I was walking with the boys and we were picking up rocks, and it was so awesome," she gushes. "We were collecting rocks together, and it was just something special about those moments — just being together in the quiet time, away from screens, away from technology to just enjoy each other. I got home and I was like, 'That was awesome.' The simplicity of just picking up these treasures and sharing that time together was really beautiful."
In the meantime, Frye is teaming up with GSK for their recent campaign to get the word out about how important is it to get meningitis B vaccinations — especially for kids.
"I actually was having a conversation with one of my very dear friends, and I didn’t know much about meningitis B. I learned so much, and I think so many people think that they have had the meningitis vaccination from the time we’re kids going into school and I only learned recently about meningitis B," she says.
"One of the main groups affected is young people between the ages of 16 and 23 years old, and so as my daughter is now 16, I did the research and now she is getting ready to get her vaccination. I just think it’s important for us as parents to educate ourselves and empower ourselves to ask our doctors questions and our care facilitators and just really be able to have these open dialogues."
As part of the campaign, GSK will donate $1 (up to $10,000) for each view of the video featured on Ask2BSure.com through November 25, 2021, to the Meningitis B Action Project — an organization that Patti Wukovits started with another woman who lost her daughter to meningitis. To watch, click here: www.ask2bsure.com.