March 12, 2013 01:00 PM

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Melissa Joan Hart‘s whole family came down with the flu this month. But her hardest job wasn’t taking care of the kids — it was taking care of her husband!

“Men are terrible,” the Melissa & Joey star, 36, tells PEOPLE Monday of husband Mark Wilkerson‘s bout with illness.

“Kids bounce back like that. Men … not. You’d think that no one had ever been sick before!”

The actress — mom to sons Mason, 7, Brady, who turns 5 on Tuesday, and Tucker, 5 months — had to deal with everyone being ill at once.

“They just went through the flu, all of them,” she explained at the Hollywood premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. “One was puking at Disneyland this weekend. That was great.”

She took it in stride, though. Because really, what else could she do?

“You’re the mom,” she notes. “You gotta clean it up and keep going. You’re not allowed to get sick. You do not get sick. Especially when you’re working, too.”

On that score, Hart was waiting to get sick herself. But — knock on wood — it never happened.

“I went straight to work and said, ‘You guys better do this quick because I might be throwing up in the next few minutes. So let’s get through this. Let’s do as much as we can before that happens.’ But it’s been well over a week now, and I’m still standing strong.”

— Tim Nudd with reporting by Scott Huver

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