NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While three Davidson County schools have been dismissed due to probable and confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus, there are no plans to cancel or postpone any graduation programs.
That, however, could change.
State Commissioner of Health Susan Cooper said during a press briefing Friday that while health officials understand the importance of graduation ceremonies to both graduates and their families, they urge anyone feeling symptoms of the flu to stay at home.
Fisk University students received degrees Monday morning at Temple Baptist Church in north Nashville and several students and family members told News 2 it was an event they would “not miss for anything.”
Health officials are concerned that might be true for some, but graduation attendees told News 2 Monday they were not overly concerned at this point.
“I think if people have a fever and stuff, they'd stay home,” hoped Alice Dobyns Ladd. “I think with the swine flu, they'd stay home.”
Vivian Miller attended Monday's ceremony to see her niece receive her degree.
“Hopefully they took precautions and I hope they are aware that their infection would infect others,” she told News 2.
Patrick Lewis, whose friend graduated Fisk with a Master's degree, said he didn't notice anyone in the large crowd coughing or sneezing.
“I would not be here if I was sick,” he said. “I would not want to infect others.”
Graduation season is now in full gear with more than 1,000 ceremonies and programs for kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and other colleges and universities.
Health officials say if you exhibit any flu like symptoms to stay home, no matter how important graduation ceremonies might be to your family.
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- May 3, 2009: CDC confirms first H1N1 case in Tenn.
- May 3, 2009: Concerns over H1N1 spill over into urgent care waiting rooms
- May 1, 2009: Flu like symptoms close Nashville catholic school
- April 30, 2009: Local restaurant steps up to help H1N1 from spreading
- April 30, 2009: Probable H1N1 case closes another Nashville private school
- April 30, 2009: Some stores can't stock face masks amid H1N1 concerns
- April 30, 2009: City takes steps in preparation for H1N1 virus
- April 30, 2009: Tenn. sees first suspected swine flu cases in students
- April 29, 2009: Tenn. schools take precautions against swine flu
- April 29, 2009: More than 90 swine flu cases, 1 death in U.S.
- April 28, 2009: Pharmacists field swine flu questions, stock up on Tamiflu
- April 27, 2009: U.S. advises against nonessential travel to Mexico
- April 27, 2009: Swine flu causing no change at Nashville airport