The flu is making its way into the police blotters as people seem to be calling for emergency assistance more frequently.
The latest entry from Tarrytown Police:
Jan. 31 at 7:19 a.m., a home health car worker on Independence Street requested an ambulance for a man with a high fever. Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported the man to Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Phelps confirms that they've been busy treating flu symptoms (fever, cough, chills, muscle aches and runny noses), but often people don't need the hospital, they just need some rest and home remedies.
Dr. Emil Nigro, director of emergency services, says most people who get the flu just require rest, fluids, Tylenol (not aspirin) and Tamiflu in the first 48 hours of onset.
However, it's time to seek professional help if "if a high fever and heavy chills develop,” said Dr. Nigro. “Pneumonia can be a dangerous complication of influenza.”
Dr. Nigro also says it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, although it does not provide 100 percent protection.
Free flu shots are available now, care of the county, at the Yonkers District Office, 20 S. Broadway, Yonkers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info on this here.