Get it if you can find it. (The Washington Post)

The recent surge in influenza cases isn’t an “epidemic,” city officials are taking pains to say. But they do have a message for District residents: “If you haven’t had your flu shot, it’s time to go and get it,” Saul Levin, the city health director, said this morning. “The flu virus today is a lot more severe than what we’ve had in the past. … I urge you all, go now.”

That goes especially, he said, for the elderly and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. While there are wide reports of pharmacies being out of vaccine, Levin said that manufacturers are not reporting shortages and that any issues are instead with retailers’ supply chains. And unlike during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, he said, the D.C. government does not anticipate opening its own vaccination clinics: “We have coverage enough in the city,” he said. 

In other news:

Phil Mendelson and Mary Cheh will have “low-key” meeting with White House aides about “Taxation Without Representation” plates (D.C. Wire)

City’s private construction project managers charge some rather high rates (Loose Lips)

Camera ticket revenue went from $42.9 million in 2011 to $95.6 million in 2012 (WaTimes)

Cop convicted of shooting at prostitute has jail sentence suspended, will do no more time in jail (PostWaTimesDCist)

New Metro budget: Lots of fare hikes but plenty of weekend track work (Post)

Michael Brown: “I will never give up or buckle under pressure.” (Afro)

Why the homeowner property tax rate is the last tax the D.C. Council should be cutting (Housing Complex)

Down with “meaningless rhetoric, symbolism and anemic protests” in support of D.C. statehood (Examiner)

Michelle Rhee still awfully quiet about cheating allegations (NYT)

NCPC gives thumbs-up to Southwest “Ecodistrict” (UrbanTurf)

Ethics board appears poised to develop unified code of conduct of city officials and employees (Examiner)

Next week, the board will discuss how to handle its Jim Graham probe (Examiner)

The first homicide of 2013 is a Skyland stabbing (PostWaTimesHomicide Watch)

Veteran cop denies sex abuse charges (Post)

Could an old federal warehouse become “Half Street Market”? (JDLand)

Barbara Lett Simmons was a great source of encouragement to Vincent Orange (Afro)

Seriously, is CityCenter getting an Apple Store? (Capital Business)

Next CityCenter building could get built without tenant first (WBJ)

Why D.C. likes watching Internet porn so much (Post)

With new booze law, are the NIMBYs losing? (Blade)

City prosecutors are so mean sometimes (WaTimes)

Mind the downtown streets Sunday — there’s a practice inauguration parade (Dr. Gridlock)

Homicide Watch is expanding to Chicago (Media Decoder)

Jack Evans really likes “Mack the Knife” (DCmud)