Every now and then, even Gothamist has to stay home and nurse that fever, runny nose, and cough that comes with the perennial flu. And with the Chiron Corporation (Emeryville, CA), the major global producer of the flu vaccine, announcing that it might not meet its expected output this year, getting your annual shot may prove tough to find. Though more doses will be manufactured this year than in 2004, demand will likely again exceed supply in 2005.

If the occasional annoying symptoms of the flu don't really seem to bog you down, the vaccine might not be for you. But the NYC Health Commissioner recommends that the following folk get a shot in the arm: People over 65, children aged 6 to 23 months, nursing home residents, health care workers directly caring for patients (radiologists excluded), pregnant women, those with chronic illnesses, and those with an infant younger than under 6 months old at home.

For more information or to find where you can get a flu shot, visit the NYC Department of Health Website or call 311. And gesundheit!