Vaccine Preventable Disease Program

The NJ College & University Flu Challenge is an initiative of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP).

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New Jersey College & University Flu Challenge

The New Jersey College & University Flu Challenge is an initiative that teams the New Jersey Department of Health with colleges and universities in the state to improve flu vaccination rates among students. Young adults have been shown to have lower flu immunization coverage rates as compared to other age groups. In addition, college campuses have many communal settings, which make it easier for the flu to spread. If a college student gets the flu, they can experience illness for eight or more days, causing them to miss classes and other events. Those reasons make it extremely important to bring added awareness to the benefits of vaccination.

The challenge encourages friendly competition between institutions to determine which campus can achieve the highest flu vaccination rates. Each participating institution develops and implements a unique influenza campaign to fit the needs of the student body. Flu vaccination coverage is measured by a short student self-reported survey. By participating in the challenge, institutions receive access to educational resources, an award of participation, and a chance to win the traveling trophy for the year.

2018-2019 Flu Challenge Winner and Participants

 In New Jersey’s second Challenge, the following eleven schools participated in the campaign:

  • Centenary University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • County College of Morris
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University – Camden
  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University

We are happy to announce that The College of New Jersey is this year’s overall Challenge winner and Centenary University is this year's Most Improved award winner!

Congratulations to all the participants! Please stay tuned for more information on the 2019-2020 Flu Challenge. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program by calling 609-826-4861, or via email at

Flu Challenge Participants & Winner by Year
Last Reviewed: 10/10/2019