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

Feb 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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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

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2. Then, all of a sudden, the flu really hits you

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3. It's official, you're sick

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4. There's nothing to do but to go to bed and try and wait it out

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5. And take plenty of meds

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6. But first you gotta call in sick to your boss

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7. And waste perfectly good sick days on actually being sick

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8. Sure, you can try and put on a happy face, but it's no use

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9. Because the flu is the absolute worst

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10. When you're sick, a little sympathy goes a long way

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11. Because you don't feel well enough to have pride

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12. The flu is just a terrible look on everyone

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13. If you're lucky, your friends and family will come and check on you every once in a while

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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

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15. When you really feel crummy, only your mama will do

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16. Flu misery definitely does not love company — the couch is only so big

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17. Unless that company is there to rub your tummy

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18. There is no such thing as being too dramatic when you're sick

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19. You're totally allowed to feel sorry for yourself

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20. But it's really important to be careful about spreading your germs

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21. Remind your friends to take precautions to protect themselves

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22. Don't worry, it will be over soon — just drink plenty of fluids

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23. Get lots of rest

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24. And get well soon!

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25. And maybe next year, consider getting that flu shot

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