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NBC Attacks Grieving Mother for Not Giving Son Flu Medication

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In February 2020, a 4-year-old boy from Colorado tragically died from complications from influenza. NBC News then posted a defamatory news piece about the boy’s death, full of false allegations against the boy’s mother
  • The NBC News piece does not include any direct quotes from the family, and it’s reported the journalist did not interview the boy’s parents, but rather relied on Facebook postings and a GoFundMe page for the details
  • Painting Tamiflu as the solution to stopping deaths from influenza is misleading, as the drug has been found to shorten the duration of flu symptoms by just 16.8 hours while causing psychiatric side effects
  • In Virginia, a 16-year-old girl died after being diagnosed with influenza B and going into cardiac arrest; she had received a flu shot and taken Tamiflu
  • A whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against drugmaker Roche, alleging the company made false claims and misrepresented studies, causing the U.S. government to stockpile $1.5 billion worth of Tamiflu

In February 2020, a 4-year-old boy from Colorado tragically died from complications from influenza. NBC News then posted a defamatory news piece about the boy's death, full of false allegations against the boy's mother.

Outrageously, the NBC News piece, written by Brandy Zadrozny, does not include any direct quotes from the family, and it's reported that she did not interview the boy's parents, but rather relied on Facebook postings and a GoFundMe page for the details.


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