September 17, 2012_AFH "Dear Provider" Letters

September 17, 2012

ADSA: AFH #2012-015
Influenza and pneumococcal Immunization reminders


Dear Adult Family Home Provider:

Residential Care Services is partnering with Washington State Department of Health to remind providers about the benefits of:

  • Flu and pneumococcal vaccines – these vaccines can potentially reduce the rate of hospitalizations and deaths in many people, especially in those 65 and older. 
  • Using the Washington State Immunization Information System, formerly Child Profile Immunization Registry, to keep track of your residents' and caregiver's vaccinations. For more information or to register, contact the system's Help Desk at 1-800-325-5599 or 206-205-4141

Get ready for flu! Help keep your residents and caregivers healthier this flu season by:

  • Encouraging all residents and caregivers to get the flu vaccine and making sure they are up-to-date on their pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Taking measures to minimize transmission in your home such as washing hands or using hand sanitizers frequently. More information about infection control is available at:  
  • Reporting flu outbreaks in your home to your local health department. They can help with advice about testing, treatment, prophylaxis and infection control. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an outbreak as a sudden increase of acute febrile respiratory illness cases or when any resident tests positive for influenza.

There are many websites that provide information on flu and pneumococcal disease. We encourage you to check these websites often for new information:

We have also updated our internet website under Professionals & Providers to include the above links and other resources. See

Joyce Pashley Stockwell, Director
Residential Care Services 
Department of Social and Health Services

Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH
State Health Officer
Washington State Department of Health