Graduating seniors at Bloomington high schools this week will don caps and gowns, get their diplomas, but won't get any congratulatory handshakes from school administrators on the commencement ceremony stage. In recent days, separate confirmed cases of swine (H1N1) flu have been recorded at Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson high schools, prompting officials to skip the traditional handshakes for public health concerns. Instead, students will get a nod of the head from school district leaders.

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Greyson Shafiei's picture
Greyson Shafiei says:

Why is it such a big deal? It's just a flu and we already have medicine to prevent it.

posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 12:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sun, 09/19/2010 - 3:25pm
Robin's picture
Robin says:

It's a big deal because although it is just influenza, it is different from seasonal flu. We do not have a swine flu vaccine and even if we did, the best way to prevent flu transmission is to limit physical contact and wash your hands!

Public officials, including school admins, have to be extra careful. You can bet someone would sue if their child caught H1N1 from an infected person during graduation. Sadly we are too litigation happy in this country...

posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 8:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

h1n1 is just as harmful as the regular flu, which kills thousands each year. there was. just a big hype because scientists thought it was going to be a pandemic.

posted on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 2:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it was a smart idea not to give out handshakes to the graduates durring the graduation

posted on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 5:24pm
Kelly Jaster's picture
Kelly Jaster says:

I think its stupid. people get sick so they would have to go to school!

posted on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 1:10pm

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