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.

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Announcement of 2020-2021 Challenge Winner and Participants

For the 2020-2021 flu season, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) continued the fourth annual New Jersey College & University Flu Challenge. The Challenge aims to increase awareness surrounding the importance of flu vaccination for students attending facilities of higher education. Young adults have been shown to have lower flu immunization coverage rates as compared to other age groups. Although many students attended classes virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of flu vaccination remained.

In New Jersey’s fourth Challenge, eight schools participated in the campaign (listed below), divided into three categories (small, medium, and large schools). The winners of the Challenge were determined based on the highest percentage of students self-reporting that they received the flu vaccine for the current flu season. We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s Challenge: The College of New Jersey (large schools), Seton Hall University (medium schools), and Centenary University (small schools).

Large Schools

  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University

Medium Schools

  • New Jersey City University
  • Rider University
  • Seton Hall University

Small Schools

  • Berkeley College
  • Centenary University
  • Mercer County Community College

Congratulations to all the participants! Please stay tuned for more information on the 2021-2022 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 erika.lobe@doh.nj.gov.

 

Flu Challenge Participants & Winner by Year
Last Reviewed: 4/22/2021