GOLD BEACH A full shipment of flu vaccine has been received by the Curry County Health Department, and flu shot clinics will be held throughout the county.

The shot clinic in the Brookings office is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The office is located at 425 Mill Beach Road. Call (541) 469-3836 for more information.

The Gold Beach clinic is scheduled from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the courthouse annex. Call (541) 247-3300 for information.

The Port Orford clinic is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Port Orford county annex. Call (541) 332-4041 for more information.

Public health officials said influenza is caused by a virus that spreads from infected persons to the nose or throat of others.

It can cause fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and muscle aches. It causes thousands of deaths each year, mostly among the elderly.

In the United States, the flu season runs from November through April.

The vaccine can prevent influenza. It is updated each year. Protection develops about two weeks after receiving the shot, and can last up to a year.

Influenza viruses change, and not all are covered by the vaccine. Vaccinated people who do get influenza often have milder cases.

The vaccine does not protect against other illnesses that may cause fever or cold symptoms.

People who have had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous flu shot, or have a history of Guillain-Barr Syndrome should talk with a doctor before getting a flu shot.

Individuals who have a fever or are severely ill should not get a flu shot until they have recovered.

The viruses in the vaccine are dead, and cannot cause influenza.

Most people have no serious problems with flu shots, but some suffer fever, aches, or soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given.

Any problems usually begin soon after the shot is given and can last a day or two.

Life-threatening allergic reactions are extremely rare and usually occur within a few minutes or hours of the shot.