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MAN FLU: IS IT REALLY A THING?
by Dara Winters
We all get sick from time to time, that’s a given. But whether or not your biological sex has an impact on the severity and duration of your symptoms is still up for debate. With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be an appropriate time to delve into this topic a little further. What is ‘man flu’? And is there any science behind it at all?
The influenza vaccination seems to cause more reactions and better antibody responses in females than males. This could be due to testosterone, as males with the highest levels tended to have a lower antibody response, so it is arguable that vaccinated males get more severe symptoms due to their response to being vaccinated.
Several studies show that female mice have higher immune responses than males, which could also be true in humans.
In preclinical studies of nasal cells infected with influenza, exposure to a female hormone reduced the immune response when the cells came from women, but not in cells from men.
In at least one study reviewing six years of data, men were hospitalized with the flu more often than women. Another reported more deaths among men than women due to flu.
A survey by a popular magazine found that men reported taking longer to recover from flu-like illnesses than women (three days vs 1.5 days).
While the evidence is not definitive, they suggest that the flu may, in fact, be more severe in men.
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