This may be the worst U.S. flu season in decades.
My wife has a low-grade version of the flu. The symptoms resemble those you exhibit if you attend too many meetings or are forced to watch "Avatar." As flu goes, however, it's exhausting but not mega-painful.
I had a severe case of the flu several years ago. I'd already had a flu shot and later mentioned that amusing fact to my pharmacist as I tried to reach across the counter for his throat. He quickly said that if I had not had the shot it would have been worse.
It's hard to imagine how it could have been worse. This was a bone-hurting, chills, can-barely-move, stare-at-the-ceiling-and-ponder-longevity version. It hit me at 11 a.m. and by noon I was in bed having an intense religious experience.
I later heard of an attorney who was visiting her parents when the severe flu struck. She collapsed on their living room floor and pretty much didn't move for two days.
I guess they stepped over her.
If you get the bad version, it will take much longer than two days to recover.
Now go wash your hands.