NJ Town Holding Lottery for Flu Vaccine

You won't win any money in this lottery, but you might be healthier this winter.

Officials in Bloomfield, N.J., plan to register people for a lottery to determine who gets the town's 300 doses of flu vaccine.

Flu shots in Bloomfield already were reserved only for senior citizens and other high-risk groups. Then, the community learned it would be receiving less than half the one-thousand doses it ordered.

The health director says a lottery is the "most fair and equitable way" to distribute the available vaccine.

Requests have soared since vaccine producer Chiron announced it would not ship supplies this year because of problems at its plant in Britain.