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25 GIFs that perfectly explain what it's like to have the flu

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like

There's nothing quite as bad as having the flu — from those first fleeting moments of realization to the cast of couch buddies, friends and family who are only worried about catching your germs. Here's the real deal, as told in 25 choice GIFs. 

1. First you start to feel the flu coming on

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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2. Then, all of a sudden, the flu really hits you

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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3. It's official, you're sick

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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4. There's nothing to do but to go to bed and try and wait it out

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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5. And take plenty of meds

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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6. But first you gotta call in sick to your boss

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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7. And waste perfectly good sick days on actually being sick

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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8. Sure, you can try and put on a happy face, but it's no use

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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9. Because the flu is the absolute worst

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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10. When you're sick, a little sympathy goes a long way

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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11. Because you don't feel well enough to have pride

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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12. The flu is just a terrible look on everyone

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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13. If you're lucky, your friends and family will come and check on you every once in a while

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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14. You can't be exactly sure what your sickness is; you just know it's awful and you might die

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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15. When you really feel crummy, only your mama will do

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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16. Flu misery definitely does not love company — the couch is only so big

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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17. Unless that company is there to rub your tummy

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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18. There is no such thing as being too dramatic when you're sick

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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19. You're totally allowed to feel sorry for yourself

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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20. But it's really important to be careful about spreading your germs

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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21. Remind your friends to take precautions to protect themselves

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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22. Don't worry, it will be over soon — just drink plenty of fluids

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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23. Get lots of rest

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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24. And get well soon!

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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25. And maybe next year, consider getting that flu shot

Having the flu is officially the worst — here's what it's really like
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