If you've had it already, you can probably attest to just how awful it is to get the stomach bug making the rounds.
This year's strain of the norovirus is particularly bad, with health officials across the province reporting hundreds of cases of the infection in each community.
The virus has also spread to Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, leading Fraser Health to close admissions to one ward in the facility.
Tasleem Juma, a spokesperson for the health authority, said the norovirus outbreak in the hospital is a reflection of what's happening in the community.
"We're seeing this right across the entire province," she told The NOW.
Juma explained an outbreak is defined as three or more people getting sick from an infection.
She said declaring an outbreak allows hospital officials to put protocols for infection control in place, which means closing a ward to admission and enhanced cleaning of an infected area.
Patients are still being treated on the ward at Eagle Ridge, but the sick are being separated from the healthy to stop the transmission of the virus.
"We're hoping we'll be able to reopen the ward as quickly as possible . but that won't happen until we're confident transmission won't occur to other patients," Juma said.
Fraser Health couldn't give a specific number for patients at the hospital or in the community who've fallen ill with the virus.
Juma noted it's not unusual for noro-virus to make an unwelcome appearance during the winter months, but this particular strain is new and people haven't built up immunity.
Norovirus - which is a gastrointestinal illness and not a stomach flu,
which it is commonly referred to as - is highly contagious and can spread easily.
Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, which can last up to a couple of days.
If you are one of the unlucky ones to battle a bout of the brutal bug, health officials recommend you stay home, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of liquids.
It's also recommended people practise a strict hand-washing regiment to help stop the spread of the virus.
While the norovirus is doing it's best to ruin many people's new year, cases of the seasonal flu are also on the rise.
Juma suggested the health authority is seeing an increase in flu cases throughout the health system.
She said the best defense against the flu, which is a respiratory infection, is to get a flu shot.
Health officials add it's not too late to get the shot, and there are plenty of vaccines available for the public. To find a flu clinic near you, visit www.health.gov.bc.ca/flu.