Posts falsely blame pediatric flu deaths on COVID-19 vaccines

Several posters responded to news of young children dying from flu complications by baselessly claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines weakened the children’s immune systems. One post also blames masks and social distancing for the alleged “damaged immune systems.”

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