As defined by the dictionary, the belief is that the man flu is simply men overreacting to the symptoms of the normal flu. In essence, they’re being cry-babies. The flu provokes little to no reaction from women, but it has men overexaggerating their symptoms and acting like its life or death. But let’s take a step back. Maybe men do experience the symptoms of the flu more severely than women. It’s possible, right? A study published in BMJ has the answer.