The ‘man flu’ may be real. But many women don’t want to believe it

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“I have a lot of trepidation about telling her I’m sick,” Chris Stanley says of his wife, Malia Scott. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

“Am I clammy?’’ “Do I feel hot?’’

Malia Scott is not saying her husband is a hypochondriac. But when he gets the same illness the rest of the family has dealt with gracefully, his suffering is “always much more significant.’’

There’s a lot of “drama,’’ she said. “And a lot of ‘feel my head.’ ’’