Taking statins may put people at increased risk of falling ill with flu, researchers have warned.

The cholesterol-busting drugs, taken by millions of Britons, seem to stop flu vaccines from working properly.

According to two major studies published today, people who take statins have a significantly reduced immune response to the vaccines.

If true, the findings could have serious implications for public health campaigns in Britain, which have prioritised both flu vaccines and statin use in recent years.

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