April 30, 2009

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Updated: May 11, 2009

Bucknell University is working closely with local, state and federal officials to monitor the spread of swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), and provide updated information as necessary to the campus community. The University will use this web page to post information on swine flu and any impact it may have on the campus. Any urgent announcements will be directly transmitted to the campus community.

To date, there are no reported cases of swine flu at Bucknell or in the neighboring community, and the University is currently planning to hold all events – including Commencement – as scheduled.

Students who have completed exams and have no other obligations on campus should follow their normal travel plans. 

Symptoms and prevention

Health officials recommend the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of swine and other flu viruses:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not share utensils, drinks or personal care items, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

The current H1N1 influenza outbreak is caused by an influenza A virus not previously detected in humans or animals. Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and typically include fever, cough and sore throat. Additional symptoms may include headache, chills, fatigue and body aches. Persons with H1N1 influenza are contagious for up to seven days after the onset of illness and possibly longer if they are still symptomatic.

Students who are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, should visit Bucknell's Student Health Service or, after hours, Evangelical Community Hospital. Faculty and staff who are experiencing any combination of these symptoms should contact their family physician or nearest hospital. 

Student Health Service

Hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Contact: 570-577-1401 or 570-577-1410

For transportation to Evangelical Community Hospital after hours, call Public Safety at 570-577-3333.


The University is encouraging all students, faculty and staff who are traveling domestically or abroad to take reasonable precautions and follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are studying abroad and need further guidance, you may contact Bucknell's Office of International Education at 570-577-3796.

More information

Evangelical Community Hospital Flu Hotline: 570-533-2800

CDC swine flu information

CDC tips for preventing flu

Pennsylvania Department of Health swine flu information

World Health Organization

Map of campuses with reported cases

Campus messages

Swine flu information update (May 4, 2009)

Swine flu information update (May 1, 2009)

Statement from President Brian C. Mitchell (April 27, 2009)