Study says flu hits men harder than women

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In compiling other studies, he discovered men are more likely to be admitted to the hospital for flu symptoms than women, that women generally have a better response to vaccination than men, and in one observational study, more men had flu-related deaths in the USA between 1997-2007.

To compare how flu symptoms manifest among both women and men, Sue reviewed a number of studies involving both animals and humans.

We can stop accusing men of overreacting when they have the flu.

Sue recommends additional research on the matter of "man flu" but reaches this conclusion: "The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust" due to their potentially-weaker immune responses. But men somehow tend to bemoan those symptoms more than that of women, hence the name - man flu.

Similarly, other evidence indicated that the onset of flu might trigger a stronger immune response amongst women than men.

After years of enduring the dual injustices of suffering through a bout of influenza while having the females in his life cast doubt on the severity of his illness, man may now retreat to the sofa at the first sign of a sneeze, in the knowledge that at least science believes them. Other patient-based studies similarly indicated that the onset of a flu may trigger a stronger immune response among women than men, blunting the full impact of symptoms. Here's everything you need to know about a new study's shocking findings.

Sue writes: "Since about half the world's population is male, deeming male viral respiratory symptoms as "exaggerated" without rigorous scientific evidence could have important implications for men, including insufficient provision of care".

"The point I want to make is that whether males or females suffer more really depends a lot on our age", said Klein, whose own research is referenced by Sue.

Is the man flu a "thing"?

Males are also more susceptible to many acute respiratory diseases and exhibit a higher mortality.

"Epidemiologic data from Hong Kong showed that adult men had a higher risk of hospital admission for flu", Sue said.

I wonder who funded this pointless #ManFlu research?

Sue adds, tongue-in-cheek: "Classic modes of energy conservation may include lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with basic activities of daily living, which could all be effective for avoiding predators".

"The best advice for anyone affected is to rest at home, drink plenty of fluids and to take over-the-counter painkillers", said Stokes-Lampard said.

HollywoodLifers, are you compelled by Dr. Sue's research?

He said some studies have also suggested that testosterone may suppress the immune system, pointing to a potential evolutionary basis for man flu.

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