Flu Fighter Facility Award

    For Long Term and Residential Care

    The Department of Health, in cooperation with the Department of Social and Health Services, the Adult Family Home Council, the Washington Health Care Association, Leading Age Washington, and the Community Residential Services Association, are proud to host an immunization recognition program for long term care providers.

    The Flu Fighter Facility Award is a program recognizing long-term care homes and facilities in Washington who obtain flu vaccination rates of at least 75% among their employees during a certain flu season.

    Each year, the flu disproportionately affects older adults in long term care facilities. Employees and patients who get the flu vaccine are much less likely to get serious complications from the flu or spread the flu to at-risk populations. This award shows community members, families, friends and employees that the facility has taken steps to protect their patients or residents from the flu.

    The Flu Fighter Facility Award has three different award levels.

    • Bronze Award: Facilities with 75 to 79% of their employees vaccinated from the flu
    • Silver Award: Facilities with 80 to 89% of their employees vaccinated from the flu
    • Gold Award: Facilities with 90% or more of their employees vaccinated from the flu

    Organizations who complete all required parts of the award process will be recognized with the appropriate award level certificate, a Flu Fighter Facility window cling, and listed on the Flu Fighter Facility honor roll.

    The Award Process

    The application process for the 2021-2022 Flu Fighter Facility Award is currently open.

    To qualify for the 2020-2021 Flu Fighter Facility Award, facilities must do the following:

    • Fill out the initial registration survey no later than December 31, 2021.
    • Select an employee flu vaccination barrier you will work to remove.
    • Collect the percentage of employees vaccinated from the flu in your facility.
    • Fill out the final survey sharing your results no later than March 15, 2022.

    This page will outline the application process, or you can download the Flu Fighter Award Instructions (PDF). l Romanian l Russian l Swahili l Tagalog l

    Initial Registration Survey

    Complete the initial registration survey by December 31, 2021.

    Fill out the registration survey

    The registration survey will ask for your facility's information, point of contact, if you currently track employee influenza status, and the vaccination barrier your facility will focus on.

    Facilities eligible for this award include:

    • Adult Family Homes
    • Assisted Living Facilities
    • Continuing Care Retirement Facilities
    • Multiple Function Facilities/Agencies
    • Nursing Homes
    • Supported Living Agencies
    • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
    • Enhanced Services Facilities

    If you are unsure if your specific workplace qualifies, please email us at flufighter@doh.wa.gov.

    Flu Vaccination Barriers

    Facilities can choose their own flu vaccination barrier and decide how to address it. However, if you have difficulty coming up with ideas, the Flu Fighter Award Instructions document includes sample barriers and strategies for improving flu vaccination rates.

    Flu Fighter Award Instructions (PDF)

    Employee Flu Vaccination

    Facilities do not need to report any specific or identifying information about their employees. The Department of Health asks that facilities only report the percentage of employees vaccinated from the flu for the current flu season.

    Employees are considered a part of the count if they are physically present in the facility or agency location for at least one working day from November 1, 2021 through February 14, 2022.

    Final Survey

    The Department of Health will email your facility contact when the final survey can be completed. Additionally, we will post the survey here when it is ready. You must complete the registration process and work towards addressing a flu barrier before you can complete the final survey.

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    Award Recipients for the 2020-2021 Flu Season

    On August 18, 2021, the Department of Health and its partners (listed below) are pleased to announce its first Flu Fighter Facility Award Recipients. These recipients are long-term care homes and facilities who had employee flu vaccination rates of at least 75% and addressed a flu vaccination barrier during the 2020-2021 flu season. These health care providers have made significant steps to reduce the spread and complications of the flu for older adults in their care.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions or comments about the Flu Fighter Facility Award program or other immunization/vaccination questions, please contact us at flufighter@doh.wa.gov.

    Please note the Department of Health does not regulate or supervise long term care facilities. This program is voluntary for any organizations or facilities who wish to participate. The Flu Fighter Facility Award is made possible through the association member organizations, DSHS and DOH partnership.