"This is tantalising research from a very reputable source. It's not yet been tested on humans but in further research I would be very keen to see if our favourite fish and chips is actually helping to make us sick," Professor Robert Booy, one of Australia's leading infectious disease experts, told Newscorp.
"The tBHQ additive is in many popular foods like frozen fish and oil."
Scientists from Michigan State University have just presented their findings at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, shocking the medical world.
"We determined that when tBHQ was introduced through the diet, it affected certain cells that are important in carrying out an appropriate immune response to the flu," Robert Freeborn, an associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology, said.
"It's important for the body to be able to recognise a virus and remember how to effectively fight it off.
"The whole point of vaccines is to spur this memory and produce immunity. TBHQ seems to impair this process."
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