DreamsTime Scientist: "Man Flu" Is Real! Illness Hits Men Harder Hey, ladies! It's been confirmed by a scientist! December 12, 2017 Fellas, there is now SCIENCE to prove to your wife that you are NOT over-reacting the next time that you come down with a cold.Our wives and girlfriends always seem to be accusing us of overreacting when we get sick, right? They always say that we're reacting like a child, so they call it the "man flu."