The arrival of 2000 doses of flu vaccine has allowed the Curry County Department of Public Health to schedule more flu shot clinics.

Vaccines will be given in Brookings from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 18, and 1-6 p.m. Dec. 19. For information, call (541) 469-3836.

In Gold Beach, the clinics will take place 1-4 p.m. today (Dec. 13) and 1-6 p.m. Dec. 20. For information, call (541) 247-7011, ext. 265.

The Port Orford clinics will be held 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 21. For information, call (541) 332-4041.

The clinics are subject to the availability of vaccine. Pneumonia vaccines will also be available.

The health department urged unvaccinated seniors and other at-risk people to be immunized before the flu season progresses any further. About 1,900 Curry County residents have received shots so far.

Flu shots are recommended for people 65 or older, for nursing home residents, and for anyone with a chronic illness.

The shots are also recommended for people who have illnesses or take medicines that suppress the immune system.

They are recommended for children and teens who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy who may be at risk of Reyes syndrome after influenza.

Those close to people who may be at risk of complications from flu should also be vaccinated. The shots can benefit anyone wishing to reduce the chances of influenza infection.

Influenza is characterized by the abrupt onset of fever, sore throat, a cough, and muscle aches.

The department recommends rest and fluids. Children should not be given aspirin because of the risk of Reyes syndrome following influenza.